For five years after her father died, beautiful Dee Swann held on to the Angel Creek Valley and her independence. The homestead was hers, and she vowed no one else would ever own it . . . or her. Then Lucas Cochran came back to Colorado. In the drought-cursed high country, he needed Angel Creek and its cool water to turn his ranch into the cattle dynasty he craved. His ruthless ambition guaranteed he would fight to take it away from the green-eyed spitfire who claimed it. But the passion that blazed when Dee and Lucas met shocked them both . . .