Troubled Emma Sands has fled her old life and memories of her traumatic childhood to a small town in Washington State, where she falls for the sheriff, a man with his own tragic past. Big-city cop turned small-town sheriff Elvis Donnelly is six and half feet of bruising muscle and solid hurt. Son of Port Flannery's round-heeled working girl, victim of a bomb blast, all he wants is to be left alone to do his job. Then Emma Sands rolls into town with her Cajun friendliness, her big-eyed, curly haired little girl. . . and her secrets. And Elvis's days of writing tickets and avoiding social interaction with the fine citizens of Port Flannery are suddenly numbered.