Our Montana Legend was not fully explained - just roughly hinted at. But then that is what a Legend is.
Young [how young] widow Sarah Redding would do anything to help heal her young daughter, Ella.
She was poor relation to her scoundrel, Uncle Milt, and fit only for what work he could get out of her.
He was bound and determined to have the boundary creek and the neighboring animal for his own.
Sarah was hoping and dreaming of finding another man to love, but he would have to love her in return.
She was dusty, dirty, and disheveled [and barefoot]"Well, heavens to betsy", working up the ground to plant a garden and into her life rode a rugged jewel of a man who could offer her everything -- except his heart!
Gage Gatlin and his daughter, Lucy were looking for a homestead or ranch in which to finally settle down. Gage knew that love was a fairy tale but there was something about Sarah that drew him. His meeting with Sarah was momentous, about to change his life and disrupt it.
Suddenly the two girls were best of friends and wanting to sisters. Sarah was falling in love with Gage but he could only offer devotion and desire -- his wounded heart and problems was just hinted at.
But he was a legend and too darn good looking for Sarah's taste. Gage had to find a way to keep Sarah around, he was finding it hard to keep his hands off her.