Tracy Michaels grew up believing her stepfather when he said she wasn't good enough, smart enough or pretty enough. Now a single mother, she works as a tour guide in one of Denver's old Victorian museums barely making enough to survive. During long, sleepless nights, she worries about her baby son's future so she arranges longer hours at work, trying desperately to scrape together enough money to attend classes at the university. One night on her way home from work, she's accosted and sexually attacked by a co-worker. He terrorizes Tracy and threatens her son if she talks to the authorities.
When Sergeant Reese Sanders, Denver PD, is called to investigate Tracy's attack, he's tormented by memories of another young victim, his sister, also a victim of rape. He believes the same man attacked both women and his very sanity depends on convincing Tracy to help him bring the perpetrator to justice.
Even in the hospital Tracy isn't safe from his threats. She is forced to run, seeking shelter for Ritchie and herself in a safe house for battered women. With Suzy Banning's guidance, a white-haired grandmother rape counselor who loves gaudy jewelry and sequined clothes, Tracy discovers inner strength and courage, qualities she must test when the offender finds her and demands she meet.