To make good on a wager, casino owner Cain Stone returns to his hometown of Silver Creek, vowing to make this Holiday Homecoming (2) his last visit. Then he meets Holly Winston, single mother and second-grade teacher. Like Cain, Holly has always felt like an outsider in her hometown. Her late father's land is her only asset, and Holly fears that Cain may be trying to convince her to sell. The main characters are sympathetic, but the conflict between them seems contrived and Mary Anne Wilson's writing lacks a certain spark.