Megan has left her home behind and is hoping to forget her past. After answering Caleb Williams's advertisement for a mail order bride, she travels to Wallace, Idaho, eager to be a wife and a stepmother to Caleb's three-year-old daughter.
Caleb Williams is absolutely certain he didn't advertise looking for a wife, and he is not at all happy about the arrival of the beautiful blonde woman who is claiming to be his fiancee. It doesn't take long, however, for him to decide that marriage to Megan might be just what he needs. After all, there are some definite benefits to be had, and it would do his daughter good to have a female role-model about the house...
Megan is shocked to the core when she first discovers that Caleb is a firm believer in domestic discipline. Can she learn to trust her new husband enough to be an obedient wife, or will he have to teach her obedience the old fashioned way: by putting her over his knee?
Babe in the woods Mellita Johnson was still trying to come to grips with the realities of modern life after having left her parents' very controlling church, whose very conservative, backward way of thinking about women taught that a woman's only value was in having as many children as possible and being a submissive housewife who always bent her will to her husband's.
It was that wide eyed innocence that attracted Brandt Striker, who saw something in Mellita that he hadn't seen in the other women he'd dated, and he wanted it - and her - all to himself. He, too, wanted her to submit, but in a different - and even more all encompassing way that had Mellita wondering whether she could measure up to Brandt's standards, or if - after struggling to leave that kind of environment - she shouldn't be running for the hills rather than sighing and groaning at his every touch.