A Regency-romance plot in a contemporary-Oklahoma setting--as young D.C. lawyer Maria Hawk, home to work at a local finn and help her old grandmother on their run-down farm, feuds and fusses with rich, ""hard-muscled,"" and ""heart-wrenchingly handsome"" neighbor Dominic Cloud. Why does Maria stubbornly reject fence-building help, dinner invites, and sensuous advances from this macho man? Because she's convinced that he's only out to get the Hawk land to add to his empire. . . and because of his reputation for random womanizing. But Dom, a big client of Maria's firm, keeps the heat on (""At the same time that his hand was sending electric shock waves along all her nerves his mouth continued its relentless onslaught""); there's near-consummation on a business trip to Dallas (Maria only goes along because Dom agreed to be lenient toward a teenage cattle rustler); and Dom eventually convinces Maria that he loves her truly--a gift horse to Granny helps--and that his supposed affair with a secretary was a nasty rumor concocted by Maria's other suitor. Lots of ""quivering flesh"" and ""clinging fabric,"" but essentially innocent and soothingly predictable.