When Max Carter discovers Storm Appleton's cattle grazing on his land again, he sets out to give the tiresome woman a piece of his mind. She has constantly rebuffed his offers of help, stubbornly refusing to sell him her ranch to help ease her financial situation, and though it seems as though the two of them have spent half their lives sparring, Max is quietly enamoured with the stroppy redhead.
But when he finds her working with barbed wire fencing in the dark, he accuses her of being stupid and irresponsible. This time she has gone too far! His palm begins to itch - if ever a woman deserved a good old fashioned spanking, it is Storm Appleton! But Storm doesn't take too kindly to Max's threat of spanking her bottom, and she likes it even less when he carries out his threat. She is soon reduced to sobbing and pleas for mercy - and yet there is something about this man's forceful nature that awakens something deep within her. Could she possibly have a future with this man...?