It's Christmas in Asherville, Texas, and Poor Boy finally comes home. He’s no longer the waif we grew to love; he is very much a man now. As the stage coach approaches his beloved town, he spots Sheriff Shane O’Conner riding off after a pair of bank robbers. Poor Boy, the new deputy, quickly finds a horse and races after them. One of the robbers is killed, and to his surprise, the other outlaw is a beautiful young woman.
Molly McDonagh is heartbroken; the last of her family is dead. Now she’s in jail waiting to hang. Bounty hunters soon come to see if she is another wanted female outlaw, and Shane decides Poor Boy needs to take his prisoner to a ranch where they can hide out as brother and sister.
How can something as sweet and wonderful as love be so very painful? Loving someone you know is going to swing from a rope is agony. Poor Boy knows Christmas is a time for miracles, but he’s never experienced one before. Can he truly give away his heart to someone who has no future? Can living for the moment be uplifting, or is it sheer heartbreak?