Sam Gossett from The Wind's Will and his family help settle the Texas Panhandle as they file claims to free state land. On his trek by wagon to land near Tascosa and the Canadian River, Sam renews his friendship with Sophie Hawkins and her son, Cal, from his long-ago past. Sam's twins, Rob and Rosie, have differing reactions to the relationship. Rob is resentful, but Rosie, who falls in love with Cal, approves Sam's attachment to Sophie. Can Sam and Sophie give love a second chance and successfully blend their families in spite of blizzards, storms, and droughts that plague Second Chance, Sam's stock farm? On a personal level, can they cope with Sophie's distaste for the Panhandle, with an obsessed gambler and a kidnapping, a lawsuit, and medical crises?