Western Virginia, 1770. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, Tessa Swan is a force to be reckoned with. Raised by Lenape Indians, Clay Tygart returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself. Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand is forced.