On the frontier world of St. Antoni, you got tough—or you got dead. The Portal to the world of St. Antoni was unsanctioned. Immigrants who reached there were desperate to escape earth. They snuck through the Portal with only what they could carry and faced a new world without earths advanced technology. By sheer grit and determination St. Antonoians fought their way back to the steam age. City states were controlled by powerful families, and the outlying ranches and mines were held by guns and guts. This is the story of sisters Bethany, Jeanne and Iris and their struggle to survive and hang on to their ranch and mine after a sniper cripples their father. Bethany marries a mercenary gunfighter to shield her family from a predatory neighbor. To her surprise, the marriage of convenience turns into a love match, but Bethany and Alec must learn to trust as well as love each other. Iris chooses an arranged marriage with a beloved old friend, but did Carlos marry her for love, or to please her father? Jeanne and Samuel fall in love and run away to a distant city, but discover you can't escape who you are and Samuel is the son of her family's greatest enemy. Will their love be strong enough to survive when Samuel's father demands he return to the clan?