1858, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory.
2d Lieutenant Dobey Walls meets and bonds with veteran Corporal Jimmy Melton. As the Civil War begins, they leave to join the 8th Texas Cavalry in Houston, then take part in the first and the final charges of the Army of Tennessee. Between those events, they ride with Nathan Bedford Forrest, play an honorable role in the Fort Pillow Massacre, harass Sherman with Shannon's Raiders, and visit the second best brothel in Atlanta.
As surrender looms, they're released to search for Dobey's long-missing family in the Texas Panhandle. Their efforts are hampered by destitute farmers, lonely widows, dangerous militia, freed slaves, and runaways, who increase their numbers and excitement. In the process, they save a quadroon and her daughter from Yankee deserters who have stolen a Union payroll. This act of mercy brings them romance but puts Pinkerton detectives and a renegade lawman on their trail.
Is it possible to outrun your destiny? Can true love triumph in the face of danger? These four brides are determined to find out.
Lucy Magee fears she may be cursed with bad luck forever. Desperate for her marriage to Dr. Sam Slater to finally bring her the good fortune she longs for, Lucy's fears are confirmed when a tragic death clouds her journey to meet him. Just one look at the dashing doctor's face, and Lucy knew their marriage was the right choice. But Lucy is devastated when their first picnic together ends with the discovery of Sam's shepherd's dead body. Her luck turns from bad to worse when she starts receiving anonymous threats: someone is trying to force them from the land. But who? Will Lucy's love for Sam be enough to get them through the storm, or is she really destined for a life of misfortune and tragedy?
Martha Walters has left the brothel behind her, but a new marriage seems to be her only way out. Desperate to find a suitable husband, Matha meets an older ...