Catherine Whitfield is Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family. She has a justifiable mistrust of all physicians since a previous treatment killed her mother. Austin Goddard moves to Cimarron Creek and poses as a rancher to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He has been hiding the fact that he's a doctor until his medical skills are needed. When he gets to know Catherine, he begins to wonder how long he can keep his secret.