Two years away from her beloved ranch, nestled high in the ""heart-holding"" mountains of California, were all Sarah Aisworth could bear -- and so even before the graduation ceremony from Junior college and with a broken engagement behind her, she ill out of the neon bright city she detested and returned to face the criticism of her high principled friend and foe, Jay Council, now a proud member of the Forest Rangers. City bred Rod Eagle refused to be dealt out of the picture so easily and despite Sarah's unwillingness to leave ranch life, he was determined to win her again. A summer amid the problems of rangers and ranchers, the familiar joys of ranch chores and county fairs and also as the coveted prize of Jay, Rod and Slim too, brings Sarah happily into the arms of Jay, the most critical of the trio. Many events carry the story -- but few really effect any basic changes in Sarah. Although she tells Jay she will follow him anywhere, we know her choice is based on his inevitable ties to the environment she knows and loves so well,- the mountains remain her most potent lover.