Wesley Callaghan was a star ten years ago, w he's an itinerant ranch hand. Yelisa MacKenzie has inherited her family's mercury mine and operates it herself. One night at the local bar, they are both in the audience when a small band takes the stand. The leader recognizes Wesley and persuades him to sing a couple of numbers. Yelisa is intrigued and electricity crackles between them. Complications set in when Wesley's current girlfriend causes ructions. Wesley decides to reactivate his music career and life is very exciting. An unexpected baby girl brings them a hefty dose of reality - she isn't Yelisa's but is she Wesley's? Then Yelisa gets herself trapped in the mine when an explosive charge detonates too soon, and the excitement is nearly terminal.
Barbara J. Olexer is a fourth-generation Oregonian. She has written more than twenty books and screenplays. Her formative years were mostly spent in a small farming town and a backwoods logging camp (Camp 5, which belonged to Kinzua Pine Mills). It was while she lived at Camp 5 that she attended Wheeler County High School in Fossil, Oregon. Barbara's life has been a tapestry of changes as she has lived and worked in small Oregon towns, such as Ashland, Malin, and Klamath Falls and some of the country's biggest cities, such as San Francisco, Hollywood, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. She has joyously returned to the Northwest, where her sons and grandchildren live. She now resides in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband and their two cats.