Maddie jogged along the isolated path that overlooked the ocean. The morning sun had burned away the pre-dawn cloud cover, leaving in its wake a steamy haze. This part of Queensland had always intrigued Maddie, a constant battle of mother earth trying to hold on to its moisture against the sun’s attempt to burn it away. The sub-tropical flora thrived in the battle zone.
Rounding a bend, Maddie became witness to a ruthless man beating a dog who cowered at his feet. When Maddie intervened, she had no way of knowing that her actions would bring a handsome saviour into her life and set off a series of terrifying events that would threaten her life and the lives of those she loves.
With the man who had attacked her behind bars awaiting trial, and Aaron waiting patiently for her answer to his marriage proposal, Maddie is beginning to feel safe and happy again. But Maddie would soon discover that even from behind bars, William Jones and his associates have the means and motive to threaten her life and the lives of the ones she loves.
Two weeks before the wedding, Maddie secretly berates herself that she hadn’t insisted on an elopement. With Aaron out of the country filming a movie, her best friend, and soon-to-be maid of honour, dangerously close to giving birth to twins, and her soon-to-be in-laws arriving in the next two days, Maddie is feeling a tad bit overwhelmed. She is also worried about her eldest son, Chris, who has announced he is taking six-month’s leave from his marine research outfit in British Columbia, Canada. Thrilled at the idea of having him home, she worries he is running from a failed relationship with his ex-boyfriend Hunter. Then a phone call threw her relationship with Aaron into a tailspin.
Senior Sergeant Cole Hart, Victoria Police Crime Command, is on the trail of a serial rapist whose attacks on women in Melbourne, Australia are increasing in both frequency and brutality.
When the rapist's attempt to attack a fifth victim, Abby Winters, fails, Cole thinks it may lead to a break in the case. But as his unprofessional attraction to Abby builds, he discovers that the rapist has fixed her in his sights. With Abby in the crosshairs, and the rapist escalating to murder, Cole's fixation on Abby becomes a complication that he knows may ultimately put her at risk.