Cordelia West, receptionist for The Incredible Western Life magazine, is shocked when her publisher suggests she pose as a mail-order bride for a story in his magazine. True, she'd always wanted to be a writer, but this was not exactly what she'd had in mind. Still, she agrees to the scheme, which includes a nice amount of money as an incentive.
Eli Bannister has sought a mail-order bride in name only to get himself out of a sticky situation. He doesn't want a bride now, or ever. Cordelia West is perfect for the job. All he has to do is stay "married" to her for a while and all his problems will disappear.
But things don't go as planned, and a woman who claims she was promised to Eli shows up and starts causing problems. Soon, Cordelia and Eli have a mystery to solve, one that involves strange happens in the world, and in Cordelia and Eli's hearts.
Will their marriage in name only turn into a love match? Or will one of them die before they can say I do?