It was Independence Day 1894 when the widow Rachel McKenna decided, "I will not wear black tomorrow." Her husband, the sheriff of Last Chance, Montana, had been dead for a year. Now, sitting alone on the edge of the dance floor listening to the music, she was ready to start living again.

It was then that Lane Cassidy walked boldly toward her and asked, "May I have this dance?" Rachel knew the town gossips would be shocked. Lane was a legendary gunfighter and to dance with him was unthinkable, scandalous, and exactly what Rachel decided to do.