If Lacy Goodwin can land the job of housekeeper at the Southland ranch in rural Georgia, she can start fresh, where no one knows how weak she is. She never expects the Bakers to treat her like part of the family, or to have feelings for Johnny, who could crush her with one blow.

Johnny Baker finally has the career of his dreams. Being the groundskeeper at Southland frees him to work outdoors, farm his timberland, and take care of his son. It also puts him in close contact with Lacy, who makes it clear his advances are unwelcome. He’s done with women anyway. No one could ever love a fool like him.

In trying to protect Lacy and his son, Johnny inadvertently puts them all in an uncomfortable situation. When real trouble hits hard, they learn the only way to survive is to fight for love.