Schoolmaster Chance McPrudence is content with his quiet life. He lives with his sister in a small farmhouse on the outskirts of the fledging eighteenth century community of Riverside, New Mexico. He is well respected in the community and enjoys his work, as well as weaving on his loom, and riding horses across the open plains. But when he finds a mysterious stranger near death in his barn, his quiet life is turned upside down. He cares and nurses this stranger back to health only to find that she is, in fact, the notorious outlaw Hope Riverwild.
Hope Riverwild is wanted in six states for armed bank robbery, moonshine running, and general shenanigan causing. Armed with a shotgun, two six shooters, and a tomahawk, she is clearly not a woman to be trifled with. It is rumored that the notorious Billy the Kid once got into a barroom brawl with her that left him with only nine toes. As Hope regains her strength, she finds herself strangely drawn to the kind and caring Chance, but she must be careful. Surely he could never loveher. He is just too handsome, too kind, too settled. Things are just too perfect.