Orphaned in a basket with her twin sister, Elsie has grown up scrubbing and cleaning the orphanage in exchange for room and board. Her eighteenth birthday comes with the shocking announcement that she has a husband waiting and she must board the train at once to go meet him. The headmistress insists on sending the sisters to different towns in response to mail-order bride solicitations. Riding the train to Colorado, Elsie’s stomach is in knots, and she wonders where Eleanor was shipped off to.
Dr. Wilkerson has had his nose in books ever since he could read. Educating himself has been his passion and it has held his focus over finding a wife or creating a family. In the small settlement on Holy Cross in Colorado, there are few, if any, prospects for the good doctor. When Elsie shows up, has no idea why she’s come to be his bride.
The ladies of the local church step in to help Elsie sort out her new life and to help with a little matchmaking between the lost young woman and the handsome doctor.
Will the pulse of love start to beat between the doctor and Elsie, or will she run away to try to find her sister?