1881 – Minnesota
Beautiful and independent Nadine has made a few too many mistakes. Now abandoned and far from home, she has nothing left but a black coat to wrap around her lies and desperation.
In 1881, intellectual Hayes Sullivan has one job as the local commissioner for the railroad, joining the east coast to the west. One night, running from his own complicated past, he succumbs to something unusually irrational and breaks down a door at the Silver Holiday Saloon. Crumpled in a smoke-filled room is a young woman presumably dead. After pulling her to safety, he stays with her into the night until he can find out who is responsible for her. The very information she refuses to reveal to anyone.
How long can Nadine hide her dark, scandalous lies to the people who have shown her such forbearance? How long can she sneak behind buildings to avoid the law or worse, Hayes Sullivan? Without a doubt, Hayes knows someone is tormenting this mystifying young woman. Yes, he needs her help, but beyond that why can’t he stay clear of her? Hating the illogical passion of the heart and his own behavior, he allows her into his own protected life.
Will haunting pasts suffocate believable futures?