In order to save herself and her baby from her violent stepfather, Maggie Stanley risks everything by hitching a ride on an outbound train, exchanging one form of danger for another.
Since the tragic deaths of his wife and two children, Rafe has sunk into a despairing alcoholism. When he sees the young woman, Rafe knows they are all in for trouble. When his fellow hobos attack Maggie, Rafes humanity reasserts itself and he rescues the young mother and child.
Maggie is grateful but wary of her newfound protector. To his surprise, Rafe discovers that Maggie and little Jamie have quickly made inroads into his rusty heart. For the first time in a long while, someone needs him. Rafe is determined not to fail.
There are dark secrets in Maggies past that she fears will drive Rafe away. With Jamies safety at stake, Maggie must take a chance on trusting this enigmatic man.
Catherine Anderson is an author with an amazing expertise with words. Her stories are consistently magical and filled with deep emotion. (Nov., 432 pp., $6.50)