Grief loses a bet to a trio of Americans - two brothers, Brodie and Luke, and Brodie's girlfriend Kat. The payoff is Grief must safely guide them inland on horseback to the rugged countryside where they hope to set up their new home. While protecting them along the way, Grief learns that they had been settlers back in the States, but had been driven off their lands by the railroads and the government. He also becomes a magnet for the voluptuous, flirtatious Kat, creating tension between Grief and the brothers. Meanwhile, in Matavai, Clare has a new beau, a young soldier named Dupre. But she is reticent to throw herself into the relationship, all too aware that a soldier's existence is ephemeral at best. When sent to escort a payroll delivery, our stories collide - Dupre and his soldiers are held up by the Americans, who are holding Grief against his will. Clare refuses to believe Grief was a willing participant, and it strains her blossoming relationship. Grief is able to convince Kat that it's not too late to turn her life around, and they escape on foot - and their pursuers (the brothers) are on horseback. Mauriti and Isabelle team up to help Grief and clear him of the erroneous charges before the French army can "shoot on sight". At the end of the day, Clare overcomes her anger at Dupre, but they still have to say goodbye for the very reasons she feared - he is being sent to a new posting. Meanwhile, Grief must live with the knowledge that while he could turn Kat's conscience around, he couldn't save her life.- Written by Anonymous
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