Paige is a journalist who moves to Independence Junction, a small mountain town in the Rocky Mountains known for its quirky townsfolk and friendly diner. After an unhappy start, Paige manages to win the trust of the townspeople and make new friends through the local school and animal shelter. Her unexpected status as a dog owner keeps her hopping so it's easy to ignore the very attractive and, in Paige's opinion, arrogant fire chief, Ace.
Struggling with his own demons, Ace fully supports Paige's plan to stay out of his way.
Most the time, that is.
Okay, at least sometimes.
But that plan ends when a forest fire happens under unusual circumstances, arousing Paige's journalistic curiosity. The fire forces her path to cross Ace's more and more. Soon, sparks fly in more places than the woods.