Luke Fisher becomes bored with learning from books, while sitting in a college classroom.
He decides to follow his friend to be a ranch hand in Utah where he finds hard work, fresh air, horses, mountains, and Cheri.
Cheri works at the library, where Luke becomes a frequent visitor. She is well aware of the handsome ranch hand, but protects her feelings. Ranch hands in southern Utah are known to have a reputation of, “love them and leave them.” She wants no part of that.
But Luke persists, winning her trust and love. They are married, but, “until death do us part,” comes too soon.
Luke is left with twin babies, heartbroken and angry. He slowly turns to their friend, Judy, who has been in love with Luke always. They find each other and share an unending amount of love, like water in a river, forever flowing.