As Opal begins, it's 1886 in the wild and untamed Dakota Territory. To avoid a drifter's murderous clutches, tomboy Opal Torvald is forced to leave the ranch she loves. But when she returns - older and more lady-like - she meets Jacob, a new ranch hand from back East. Now Opal must choose between an old friendship and a new romance. Alexandra O'Karma's dramatic voice energizes the lively characters and moral underpinnings of this uplifting historical novel.