Coye Sutherland has lived for hundreds of years and still looks to the future as a 'young' woman as she again plans to re-invent her life. She can't just walk away. She owes the people who had been part of this life more, but time is running out, another identity worn out from too long use. Her wardenship of famed Texas panhandle ranch Esperanza must be passed on and she is tied to the present while she tries to determine who will inherit her riches and responsibilities: Wild and fun-loving foreman for the ranch's famed horses, Daniel Hayes, a descendent of a man on the opposite side of the farmer-cowmen battles for control of newly opened lands over a century ago, a time personally witnessed by Coye, is dear as a son to her. But he refuses the task offered. Her lovely niece, Holly Henderson, having survived a childhood of terrible disability, has other plans for the life Coye sacrificed to save.Third on the list is Jody Olivares, a successful business woman and mother of a troubled child, who doesn't begin to realize that she carries the blood of the ranch's original Spanish founder, a man who once loved Coye with the ardent, sometimes violent nature of his time. As the past roils around her, Coye struggles to find her way along the dark path on which she, a lonely and isolated figure, was set so long ago.