by Yann Martel
Savannah Stephens escaped Sunbonnet, Wyoming, and Clay Keogh did not. Savannah got herself a modeling job, and almost everyone in Sunbonnet kept her catalogs. Clay, on the other hand, collects horses. He’s a sucker for horses and he can’t stand to see them neglected or forsaken. He takes them in on his family’s ranch, even if it means times will be tighter on the ranch with the extra horses to feed.
One day, without warning, Savannah returns to Sunbonnet with a child who is the spitting image of Clay’s older brother Kole, and sequesters herself in a room above her aunt’s store. True to his nature of caring for wounded animals, and his long-held love for Savannah, Clay feels that he must help her overcome whatever the problem is. Embarrassed and depressed, Savannah refuses everyone, including Clay’s, help. It is during his quest that Clay spends time with Savannah’s daughter, the witty and wise-for-her-years, six-year-old Claudia. Together with Aunt Billie, Clay and Claudia, work to get Savannah out of her seclusion, and try to convince her that Clay is truly the last good man.