Falsely imprisoned for the murder of his wife, Nathan Chasing Elk seizes an opportunity and escapes. Catharine Lyons has her own escape intentions: life on the rugged Western ranch is grueling for a woman alone, and she wants to return East. The Apache warrior Marteen wants Catharine as his woman, and she turns to Nathan in desperation, asking him to pose as her husband. Wounded in his escape and needing sanctuary, Nathan finds her offer and Catharine herself irresistible. From that initial deception, Nathan and Catharine find common purpose in journeying to find his young daughter in Madeline Baker's Western romance, Dakota Dreams. As the pair travels northward into Lakota territory, they learn that the perils of the frontier pale in comparison to the challenges and passions of the heart.