San Francisco 1879
Julia Harper, widowed and penniless, is running the last vestige of her dead husband’s empire, the Harper Hotel.
Gambler Reade Macleod is running from three toughs who think he cheated them in a poker game when he sights the Harper Hotel and heads inside for cover.
Julia doesn’t trust men after the drunk she married on her papa’s advice, but Reade holds a paper giving him forty-nine percent of the hotel, which he won from her husband so she must deal with him.
The last straw for Julia is Reade’s desire to build a casino behind The Red Door. Can she give up what is left of her status for a successful hotel and maybe a successful marriage?