After the death of his wife and twin sons, Army vet Ian Slaney is a shadow of his former self, on the path of self-destruction. Only his best friend's disappearance pulls Ian back from the ledge. When he rushes to help, he discovers that his friend was murdered. The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle--Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in her past. He needs her help as much as she needs his. But as the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people. Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. But convincing Ian to set aside his protective instincts proves more difficult than teaching a water buffalo to tap dance.