|| Determined to escape her stepfather's cruelty and drinking, twenty-two year-old Elizabeth O'Hara takes off from Boston with her young brother and sister for Welcome, Montana, an idyllic community, according to an article she's read in the newspaper. Unfortunately, she soon discovers the article is a fabrication. Out of money and seeking work, Elizabeth disguises herself as a nun and enters a rundown saloon. There she meets Ben Ricker, a local rancher and author of the article. Ben hires Sister Elizabeth as a cook to help his grandmother,who is going blind. Much to his chagrin, he quickly discovers she knows nothing about cooking and even less about life on a ranch. But he can't bring himself to dismiss her and the children with nowhere else to go, and he's reluctantly drawn to her beauty and spunk.