It’s 1943 and America is in the middle of WWII. To Cora Jean Harris, being raised in Denver Orphan’s Home and having to wear second-hand clothes has always meant being teased and ridiculed by others. In rebellion, Jeannie sneaks out to dance with the soldiers at the USO, never expecting to meet a man like Mac Benson, a handsome, blond soldier with a southern accent who offers her the one thing she has always longed for—love.
Mac Benson grew up on a farm in southern America. When he joins the Army Air Corp, he is sent to Denver, Colorado for training, never expecting to meet the love of his life. He will ship out in a few short days, but his Jeanie must leave the orphanage when she turns eighteen in two weeks. Since he is worried about her living alone in Denver once he leaves for overseas, he arranges for her to live with his parents in North Carolina until he returns and they can get married.
Jeannie is a little apprehensive, but excited to arrive in North Carolina, never expecting a few local girls are plotting to ruin her reputation. Sensitive to the gossip about her "stealing" Mac from another girl, she wonders if he lied to her about not having a "girl back home." Can she survive the drastic change in culture and being the outsider again? Will she be waiting if Mac returns home alive?
Charles Weston has his dream job...working for Mr. Joseph Hertz at Stoner Creek stud farm as estate manager. He has everything he has ever wanted. He’s surprised but willing to help the Racing Commission when asked to covertly keep his ears open for anyone who might be involved in “fixing” horse races.
When he’s invited to accompany his boss to the prestigious Woods Memorial to watch Stoner Creek’s Count Fleet, he observes an uproar in the stable area when Amelia Rose, owner of Amelia’s Pride, gets into a yelling match with her horse’s trainer, Baxter. When he later meets her, she doesn’t share what instigated the quarrel, but he is drawn to her devotion to her horse.
Amelia Rose has never liked her horse’s trainer and but now she has evidence that her horse isn’t safe around the man. She turns to Charles for help. She has only met him and talked for a short while, but she knows deep down that he can be trusted. She asks him to take Amelia’s Pride to Stoner Creek.
Despite their mutual attraction and growing relationship, Charles wonders if his reports to the Racing Commissioner will stop their chances for a future together. Can love survive the secrets he has sworn to keep?