Tucker McCade has known violence his whole life: orphaned in a massacre, abused as a «half-breed» child, trained as a ruthless Texas Ranger, he's learned the hard way that might makes right. So even he is shocked when he falls for Sallie Mae Reynolds, a Quaker nurse. Unable to resist Tucker's charm and chiseled body, she throws herself into their torrid affair, indulging her wildest sexual fantasies. Tucker's job, however, is the one thing she can't embrace.A staunch pacifist, Sallie Mae can't understand how his strong, caressing hand can clench in fury or pull a trigger. In this lawless land, Tucker knows you have to fight to survive. But when Sallie Mae becomes pregnant, he's willing to do anything to have his family—including hanging up his guns.Every night they spend together binds them closer, slowly erasing their differences. . . until the day Tucker's past comes calling, precipitating an explosive showdown between her faith, his promise and the need for revenge. . . .