Carmela is tired of living a lie. She travels the country with her uncle across the country telling "her account" of being a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and making a profit from telling the falsehood.
But when their stagecoach is attacked, freedom from the lies might finally be in reach even if it means being handcuffed to an unconscious man.
Carmela was never taken by the Indians but her uncle is her sole guardian after her parents died, and they owed him a lot of money, so she agrees to do what he says. She has stayed true to her faith, and feels terrible for the life that she has been living. She perseveres without complaint, is willing to work hard and speaks up for the sake of others.
Freeland McKay is the deputy marshal from Tucsan and he is escorting a prisoner, when things go horribly wrong on the stagecoach. When Freeland wakes up he finds himself handcuffed to Carmela, together they decide to walk to the next station, getting to know each other well along the way. I like that when Carmela tells the truth that he doesn't judge her and is understanding to her plight. He is a good man devoted to his duty, faithful , courageous, and strong.
I like that Freeland can see past Carmela's past and her lies, he encourages her to continue to break free and find her strength. The dialog between them is good, and I liked them together. A very enjoyable read.
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