Comanche Canyon

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With no means of support and a young son to care for, strong-willed widow Abigail Lindemann agrees to marry Eben Donahue, a Texas rancher she's never met. On her arrival, though, mail-order-bride Abby finds the isolated ranch primitive and lonely and her surly new husband a rare presence. When their cabin is attacked by a band of hostile Comanche, Eben is killed, and Abigail and her son are rescued by Eben's friend, former army scout Daniel Cameron. After a perilous trek through Comanche territory, they reach the home of Daniel's adoptive parents, Elijah and Martha.

When Daniel returns to the cabin to see that Eben is properly buried, Abby tries to follow him, an error in judgment that results in their being captured and forced to live among the Comanche until they're either ransomed or sold. To protect Abby from being claimed in marriage by a vicious war chief called Smoke, they pretend to be man and wife. The ruse works, but Abby soon learns firsthand how hard the life of a Comanche woman can be in a world where a husband holds absolute authority over his wife. The couple is guarded day and night by a querulous old woman who has grown suspicious of them, forcing Daniel to play the role of stern husband convincingly - by taking a strap or a switch to his often disobedient and disrespectful "wife."

With their lives in constant danger from Smoke, whose growing lust for Abby has made him a treacherous enemy, they plan an escape, aided by a sympathetic young Comanche woman - Smoke's pregnant wife.

As Abby and Daniel make their way home across the arid plain, fighting hunger and exposure, their mutual antagonism begins to grow into love. Their stormy relationship is complicated, though, by Abby's stubborn streak and by Daniel's determination to protect the woman he has grown to love from her impulsive and often dangerous actions. Always ready to argue her point, even when she's dead wrong, Abby soon learns that the man she loves is just as ready to argue his point - by locating the nearest hairbrush and taking her across his knee.

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