In the late 1800's, Jessica inherits a house from her namesake in Texas. She makes the long trek from Philadelphia expecting to live there and find a job. Arriving in the midst of a party in the house, she is shocked to learn that she shares ownership with Tanner, the young sheriff. But she's more shocked to learn the house is a brothel with several women living there. Stopping the "business" makes sparks fly as this naïve easterner deals with the earthly would-be rancher and the women now looking to her for support.