Thinking he's been treated unjustly by his father, James Owen leaves the family homestead to make a new life for himself.
James discovers that post-Civil War Colorado Territory is a dangerous place for a former Confederate soldier. He meets beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who came from Santa Fe as a mail order bride. Unfortunately, James has found her bridegroom dead beside the road. James's hurried decision to take the man's place and marry the girl changes both of their lives as they undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe. The young couple battles their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms.