In the final book of the series 'The Californians,' Marcail Donovan decides to strike out on her own as a schoolteacher. Eager to bring learning and the ways of God to her young students, Marcail uses her independence and smart thinking to be a role model to her students. However, a fluke situation causes her reputation to be questioned by the one woman who has total influence over the town. Dr. Alexander Montgomery takes responsibility for Marcail's predicament and offers marriage, but Marcail must now reconcile with her loss of independence, as well as living with a man who is a virtual stranger. Can Marcail and Alex find the understanding they need to live together in peace and eventually, love? Or will Marcail be run out of town as a ruined woman and be forced to forsake her one passion? Lori Wick, softcover, 312 pages.