Growing up poor in rural Alabama, Blake Adams worked hard to make a new life for herself. After receiving a scholarship at Ole Miss, Blake meets Mississippi Senator’s son, Jackson Ellington. On a cold night under the star-riddled Southern sky, Blake allows the handsome law student to steal her heart completely. She vows to love him forever, but she soon realizes that her promise cannot be kept. Jackson’s parents are against the marriage and threaten to disinherit him. Blake painfully ends their relationship, telling him she cannot bear destroying his family.
As Blake deals with the pain of their separation, she gets word that Jackson has made a terrible mistake—one that will drastically change both of their lives. After graduation, she is forced to move on with her life. After being offered an inner-city social worker position, she moves to Atlanta. While working on a troubling child abuse case, she meets level-headed detective, Antonio Mazonni. She soon finds refuge in his embrace and agrees to marry him, all the while knowing that she is only capable of loving Jackson. One night, years after their separation, Blake and Jackson are brought fatefully together again, and she must make a decision—a decision that will change her life forever.