Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory, 1890.....Lovely, seventeen-year-old Kathleen McDade and her missionary family arrive from Peking, China to pastor a new church. Kathleen captivates her father's congregation by singing and writing Gospel music.
Stunningly beautiful Dovile Gibson also attends Kathleen’s church. Rumors fly about Dovile. Some say she killed her lover and left him to die in the Mojave Desert. Others say she's an outstanding churchwoman, who helps all in need.
Alonzo Brightman, rancher and businessman, threatens Kathleen and Dovile's friendship. From mayor of Albuquerque, to territorial governor, Alonzo runs for President of the United States in the 1908 election, but Kathleen holds a secret over him that can destroy him. Now Kathleen must choose between her music career and her friendship to Dovile, already rumored to be too close, but they have an unbreakable bond because they share a similar past.