Assault and rape has left Leonie Newlyn mentally scarred. Jordan Gaverne, a man in his mid-fifties, offers her a job and later, when he is widowed, security as his wife. And she bumps into Hugh Mawgan, on whom she'd had a huge crush when he was a schoolboy. Then she hears that her attacker is being released from prison. To whom can she turn? Platonic fiance Jordan or the unsettling old flame who is challenging everything in her life?