To the Cherokee who raised her she was “Wanders Lost,” a white orphan in a land ravaged by revolution. To the Moravains of Salem, North Carolina, she was Mary Margaretha, a spirited young woman barely civilized by her years among their prim sisters. To rugged Jacob Blum she was Retha, his new bride, a blazing beauty who stirred his blood.
Drawn by a passion that matched Jacob's own, Retha wanted nothing more than to be a loving wife. Yet before she could completely give herself to Jacob, she had to overcome the ghost of her mysterious past, a past whose memories made her tremble at the very touch she so deeply craved.