An accomplished businessman and architect, Ethan Heyward has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country. Yet his childhood holds tragedy that he would rather keep buried.
When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She's equally intrigued with him but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan's own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.