For Laurel Wentworth it is unlocking the truth about her mother and father, and discovering the sister she never knew.
Twins, separated as infants, one raised in Boston, the other one raised in the raw, wild gold fields and silver mines of Nevada; separated by time, lies, and those who tried to protect them.
For Laurel it is a journey that begins when she stows away in a steamer trunk on board a ship bound for San Francisco to uncover the truth about the father she believes abandoned her.
For Ruel Delaney, privateer and scoundrel, it’s one last shipment, one last run before he returns to Virginia City and the life he’s built there in the gambling halls and rich silver mines of the Mother Lode.
But the discovery in the hold of that ship that also holds that last shipment, turns his world upside down. The woman he discovers in that steamer trunk is the same woman he walked away from once before.
Or is she?
What is the lady willing to risk? What is the gambler who never loses, willing to bet?
And what could possibly go wrong for two people who should never have met?