A sweeping historical romance about growing up and getting what you really need, set against the harsh landscape of the New Zealand goldfields.
Newly arrived on the Otago Goldfields of 1863, a young Englishwoman is caught between two men: the younger brother who needs her and the man who loves her. The goldfields are rough and dangerous, especially for a woman, but Nessa’s brother Philip, like all miners, hopes to make his fortune, and her place is by his side.
But the fields hold more than a few surprises, including the acquaintance of Mr. John Reid, a local run holder who comes to their aid. John Reid takes one look at Nessa Ward and knows that he wants her — in his home, in his bed, in his life — but she is hell-bent on putting her brother’s needs before her own. All he can do is protect her as best he can, and never give up hope that she will return his love.