Time is short and the risks are high but victory is priceless. Dr. Kat Martin, an anthropologist accustomed to the world of academics, has no idea that a chance encounter in a crowded club will change her life forever. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Jace Hudson is determined to sweep the tempting doctor into his arms, but in no way does he expect the ache in his heart when his short leave ends. Despite their apparent opposite natures and the dangers of Jaces work, the two decide the bond formed is worth exploring undeterred by the distance between them. Jace must go back to Virginia and his operations to fight global terrorism, while Kat is committed to her students and research in Missouri. When their relationship is revealed it becomes apparent that not everyone is happy for the couple, and their hearts arent the only things in danger of being taken prisoner. Missions for Jaces team are going wrong in unexplainable ways, and Kat is trying to survive a stalker who catapults her quiet world into one filled with terror.