Casie Carmichael is hardworking but softhearted. She has a broken-down mare, two lambs, three lost teens, a busted-up bronco rider, and a whole lot of trouble. Casie has returned home to Hope Springs, South Dakota, to sell the family's tumbledown ranch with the hope of returning to Sioux Falls and her very practical fianc. But leaving Hope Springs isn't quite as easy as she thought it would be, especially since her barn seems to have a homing beacon leading every stray in the territorystraight to it. Casie must deal with angry parents, hairless goats, and a former flame's new heatbut these are nothing when compared to her own mixed-up heart.