After the death of her sister and a bout with cancer leaves her unable to bear children, writer Nerissa Young packs it all in and heads to Europe to rebuild her shattered life. Rissa's bad luck continues when she is robbed by a group of French girls that she befriends during her tour of France. Left almost penniless and without the fare to fly home, Rissa boards a train from Montpellier to Perpignan in order to find temporary work at a local bookstore. While on board the train Rissa makes the acquaintance of 17 year old wild child, Frankie Maynard, who is traveling home to Perpignan. Frankie and Rissa strike up a sudden friendship and Rissa tells her new friend about being robbed and left without resources. Generously, Frankie offers Rissa a bed at her older brother Evan's home. Frankie explains that her brother has virtually raised her since the death of her parents in a sailing mishap. Having heard from Frankie that her brother Evan is cold and humorless, Rissa is less than eager to spend the night at his home. But, Rissa realizes that it will be almost impossible to make her way to the hostel in the dark. Once Rissa and Frankie arrive at Evan's palatial home Rissa comes face to face with Evan Maynard. At first sight Rissa realizes that Evan is drop dead gorgeous and extremely suspicious of her presence at his home and her friendship with Frankie. It seems that Frankie has been missing for several days with her whereabouts unknown by Evan and her grandparents. Once Evan and Rissa spend some time together they both realize that their first impressions of each other were wrong. Evan realizes that Rissa is gentle, caring and mourning a tragedy in her life. Rissa sees that Evan deeply loves his younger sister and that he is a loving man. Evan is a talent boat builder, who's life is centered around his craft and his sister. As Evan and Rissa give in to their sizzling attraction, Rissa is forced to realize that she may be unable to give Evan the one thing he values most - a family of his own. As Evan and Rissa work together to rescue Frankie from a disreputable conman, they find themselves falling in love. Will love conquer all?
This report prepared by Sandra Calhoune