Chloe Anders always knew she'd marry Matthew Longren. It just wasn't always obvious that Matthew knew it. But now that the Longren brother whom Chloe's father has described as a scoundrel and a cad has opened The Faro Queen Hotel in Virginia City with his older brother and begun to settle down, it looks like the time has come for Chloe and Matthew to marry.
But not everyone agrees. When The Faro Queen burns in winter 1881, Chloe finds herself trailing the arsonist through a snow storm and cornering him, only to get knocked out and left for dead in a burning building. Only days later someone shoves Chloe in front of a speeding carriage. It's time to find out who's trying to kill her – and time to leave Gold Hill.
Following Matthew's love of trains, the newlyweds move to Reno where Matthew goes to work for the Nevada & Oregon Railway, a new company marked with violence that eventually leads to murder. Matthew moves on to Union Pacific, and Matthew and Chloe pursue their dreams into the heart of a storm and flash flood that threatens to change their lives forever.