Deborah Mason longs to be a mail order bride, just like the other women her agency sends out west to their expectant grooms. But she knows that won’t be possible – no man on a farm or a ranch would want a women who struggled with her weight. They needed fit, active, strong women, who could handle the work.
But Gerald Harper doesn’t mind what his bride looks like. He just needs someone – anyone – to fulfill his dying mother’s wish of seeing him married – and quickly. His urgent request to Deborah’s agency prompts Deborah’s boss to send her, and Deborah goes with an open mind and modest hopes. She is shattered, however, to find out that Gerald doesn’t respect or care for her at all.
Deborah makes up her mind to leave, but when Gerald suffers a serious accident, she agrees to stay and nurse him until other arrangements can be made. What she doesn’t know is that Gerald’s condition is giving him a lot of time to watch and think and become a new man.