Irmagard Friedrich of North Platte, Nebraska, has everything the daughter of well-to-do parents could want. And she’s miserable. To her, the perfect life includes horses and roundups and trick riding. Willa Friedrich, Irma’s mother, is haunted by disappointment and fear and thinks controlling her daughter’s future is the only way to protect her from dangers Willa knows all too well. Intent on sending her daughter to finishing school, Willa is horrified when her husband arranges for Irma to audition for his friend, Buffalo Bill Cody. Performing with the Wild West as Liberty Belle promises Irma everything she desires and everything her mother fears—including a handsome cowboy waiting in the wings.