"Rachel Williams, you are too independent and headstrong for any man to love or marry. Ever!" These demeaning words of a rejected suitor were to propel her into a new life. She was determined to have love, marriage, and a medical practice even if it meant crossing a continent in a covered wagon! Without prospect of marriage and a declining medical practice, the beautiful and talented Dr. Rachel Williams joins the California Marriage Pool. With two other women, they go to St. Joe to join a wagon train led by the handsome and much-in-charge Jeb Morgan, to whom she is immediately attracted.