It´s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she´d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party, by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher - only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up - was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.
Now, returning after her aunt´s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night - and soon afterward, Tristan - the cold-blooded rich kid who´d targeted her - disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.
A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother - though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle´s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California´s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara´s house, and some of Tristan´s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason´s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he´ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .