Shattered by an assassin's attack, Bart Durant's got no stomach to face a mail order mistake. The New Mexico federal judge can solve everyone's problems but his own. Left to die and forced to depend on others, he prepares to step down and step away from a woman who crossed the country just to meet him. He never considers that she'll wait as long as it takes to prove him wrong about that unfortunate first impression. That is, unless there's more than one assassin, and more at stake than anyone suspects.