Jian Tseng isn’t the fierce, fearsome man of his youth. Dementia, age and debt are rapidly claiming all that was once his and his condition worsens daily. Jian’s daughter, Fei Yen loses her leverage and semblance of protection or freedom with Jian’s death, including a secret gold find. Unable to depend on the crooked sheriff or his less honorable cronies, Fei can only come up with one plan.
With the military still hot on his trail, Shadow Ochoa is about to be hung for horse thievery in west Kansas. The rope is on his neck when Fei arrives to claim him as her husband. Though Fei thinks Shadow would be another dragon on her back, she’s confident both of their mixed heritages won’t be an issue and counts on Shadow feeling obligated for saving his life to help her save her cousin and the find.
Getting her cousin to safety and circling while the rest of the Hell’s Eight team catches up, the deranged military captain works a plan to trap Shadow. Meanwhile Shadow’s noticed tiny, Fei is as much alpha as he is and she won’t back off anything as she changes his mind on what kind of woman he finds attractive. Shadow also notices, when it counts, that marriage to Fei Yen might be a good thing.