Collie Collins has come out of a Washington, D.C., newspaper scandal depressed and minus a job and a boyfriend. Her friend sends her out on a free-lance magazine assignment to Texas writing about two things she knows to next to nothing about: small town life and cooking. She ends up in San Saline, Texas, where the pace is slow and where, as the "Yankee," she's the butt of many jokes. But she becomes enamored of the small town and one of its leading residents, True McKitrick. The prodigal town son, True is an enigma; yet he and Collie connect despite clumsy matchmaking tactics on the part of some townspeople. When Collie learns that she's now a hot item in D.C., she has to make a hard decision: return to her fast-paced life or stay in an enchanted town with a man she has only known a week.