Times are difficult in Missouri after the Civil War. Families struggle to keep their property from creditors and outlaws. The desire of Ralph Wade’s heart is to marry the girl of his dreams, beautiful Leann Clark, but many obstacles stand in their way. Ralph finds love is not enough to persuade Leann’s father to give his permission for their marriage. John Clark wishes more than love for his daughter. He wants her husband to provided a good living with a secure future. Ralph is much too hot-tempered and unreliable in John’s eyes. Leann desires the dashing Ralph and defies her father to be with him. She believes her love is strong enough to see them through the hard times. Through adverse circumstances, the young couple struggle to keep the fires of their love and faith burning.Dashing Ralph Wade desires to marry the beautiful Leann, but her father, John Clark, is protective of his pretty daughter. He likes Ralph Wade, but Ralph is a farmer, trying to make a living off the land after the Civil War. John knows first-hand the difficulty of supporting a family in the war’s aftermath. He wants Leann to marry a businessman when she comes of age. Ralph’s struggle to win Leann intensifies when a gang of outlaws kidnap her and almost kill him. He battles the demon of doubt in himself to earn a living for a family and secure his love’s hand in marriage.Leann adores the handsome Ralph Wade and yearns to be his wife. She struggles with jealousy over a girl Ralph befriends and her faith in his love. After a harrowing experience with the outlaws who are decimating the Missouri countryside, she realizes life is uncertain. Making a home with Ralph takes priority over the security of money and position in the community. She wants a large, happy family with Ralph.Ralph Wade is determined to make Leann his wife; however, he realizes the struggle to earn a living from the land is not favorable for a happy marriage. Leann wants a big family and he may not be able to support her. More dilemmas arise when his sense of duty will not let him neglect a beautiful barmaid in trouble, although helping her will add to the difficulties with Leann and her family. Ralph has an accident, keeping him from fulfilling a promise to Leann, then he is unsuccessful in maintaining her safety. Leann and her father begin to doubt Ralph’s worthiness as a husband and father. Ralph must prove himself a worthy suitor. He is a fighter, determined to make beautiful Leann his wife. Will the dream of a happy life with the woman he loves become a reality?