With a train ticket, a bad attitude, and an unfortunate scribbling of obscenities across her forehead, seventeen-year-old Avery Ross is sent from New York to the vast oil field region of North Dakota. When a hazel-eyed boy with a sultry Texan accent comes to her defense, Avery has no clue that his actions will lead her into a passion-charged summer, full of temptation and loss.
Relegated to work at her aunt’s boarding house, Avery discovers a connection between her aunt and the striking boy. He and his siblings are seeking revenge for the wrongful death of their brother, and Avery becomes entangled in their battle over oil rights, loyalty, and love. Avery falls for the brooding, younger brother, Gabriel Halden, against her aunt’s forewarnings and creates more tribulations than any of them could anticipate.