Dr. Hallie Gardiner knows that something is terribly wrong with the handsome, haunted man in the great San Francisco mansion. The Civil War had wounded Jake Parrish, just as it had left Serena, his once beautiful bride, hopelessly lost in her world of madness. A plain, unconventional woman, Hallie, the doctor, has come to Jake's privileged yet empty world to ask for money to keep her mission hospital open. But when Serena is found mysteriously dead, Hallie, the woman, finds herself falling in love with Jake, the suspect. Can Jake be proven innocent? Can Hallie make him whole again? Can she make him hers? It takes desire's fire and the heart's wisdom for Hallie and Jake to defy the dark tragedy surrounding them...and to keep them holding fast to love's glorious promise.