Capt. Rafe Stricter is on a covert mission in South America with one of his men. They are to scout out the target, give a signal and the air troops will blow it into oblivion. No one counted on his friend getting hurt. He and Rafe seek refuge in a cave, preparing for a certain death. Their training made it clear that the mission must be completed, regardless of whether they are able to leave the area. Yet when the bombs hit, Rafe and Craig are hurled more than 100 years into the past where they encounter Lorilie McCaully and her friend Marica. They are part of a group called "The Gifted." Couple their special talents with the men's fighting skills and the group stands a chance against the feared Ketchums, a group of men determined to make Lorilie theirs. In the meantime, Rafe must cope with the complexities of being in the past - and deal with his growing attraction to Lorilie. In the process, he discovers that he has gifts of his own in this untamed time.
Harriet Klausner Description
Captain Raford Strictor knows that his life is over, but regrets that his young wounded comrade, Craig Blackstone must die too. However, duty and honor comes before personal safety and Rafe calls in the bombing coordinates that will leave the duo dead in the middle of the Bolivian Jungle. As the sound of the planes can be heard, Rafe prays for a miracle to save Craig's life.
The next thing Rafe and Craig realize is that they are inside a cave in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Also occupying the cave is Lorilie McCaully and Marcia Thorne, the only living members of the Gifted. The Ketchum gang wants to capture the two women in order to use their powers for personal gain. As Rafe and Lorilie fall in love and likewise so does Craig and Marcia, the two soldiers want to protect the ladies while wishing to return to their own time, a psychological disparity that seems impossible to resolve.