Reba Farrall was lost until a kindly old gentleman took her under his wing and helped heal her shattered spirit. Now her dearest friend is gone, leaving her with a half-interest in a California gem mine. But when Chance Walker—a daring adventurer who's in pursuit of priceless uncut stones—steps into Reba's life, her world is turned upside down. In the blistering heat of Death Valley, Reba and Chance confront a sizzlingattraction. But when danger surrounds Reba, their hope for a future together is threatened—unless Chance can protect the only woman he'll ever love.