Since her rocky childhood and its abrupt, brutal ending, schoolteacher Anna Silver hasn?t given her trust easily. But when her estranged father gets in over his head ? again ? and winds up dead, his last message to Anna is as clear as it is insistent: she?s in danger and Brent Carver, the man with whom he shared a prison cell for five years, is the only person she should turn to for help. With nowhere else to go and with her father?s killer on her trail, Anna flees to what she hopes is safety. Tucked into the west coast of Vancouver Island, Brent Carver?s isolated home hasn?t seen many visitors. And his friend?s daughter is the last person he ever expected to grace his doorstep. She?s in trouble, and he can?t deny her protection?just as he can?t deny his attraction to the independent beauty. As their passion sparks into flame, the perfect storm brews off the coast of his island home, bringing with it a sadistic killer hunting Anna and the secrets she?s come close to uncovering.