|| Five separate times Miranda Griscom has rejected wealthy Mr. Whitney's proposal of marriage, content in her role as housekeeper and nanny for the Spaffords. The community thinks her daft to refuse such a man, but they don't know that her heart belongs to the town's black sheep who, when accused of murder twelve years ago, she helped to escape. When she learns he has been living in Oregon Territory, can she hope to get word to him that his name has been cleared and his siblings need him? No one would have ever guessed that one of the richest men in town wanted to marry Miranda -- or why she had turned him down. But Miranda was faithful, and she relied on that faithfulness for the strength to clear the name of her secret love . . . and for the endurance to survive the hardship and danger of the Oregon wilderness. Someday she would be in the arms of the man who had always held her heart.