In 1803 Spanish California, Aurora Rivera risks her simple life as a mission teacher to accept a governess position. She arrives at the fabled Rancho de Montaraz, not suspecting the true motive behind her requested employment.
The aristocratic Iván de Montaraz, his head-strong daughter, and his younger brothers prove more than Aurora bargained for. Iván, a man accustomed to unquestioning obedience, sometimes seems displeased with her presence. Still, Aurora finds herself attracted to the rancher, unaware that he is hiding truths about her heritage powerful enough to alter her beliefs—and a tragedy from his past that controls his future.
When a raging wildfire results in injuries, Aurora calls on her adopted sister. Pia, a nurse trained in native remedies, discovers there is more to one de Montaraz brother than meets the eye.
Long-buried secrets surface from the brothers who hold their hearts. How will Aurora and Pia recover from the betrayals and cling to the Godly principles they hold dear?