Established at Shylah, Luke befriends the new local police officer. When he fails to return home on time from school, she arrives face to face with an old flame, Sergeant Justin Cooper.
Justin also has a motive for returning to Pepper Creek; to run his parents' cattle property and to undertake his last assignment. As a detective sergeant familiar with crime investigation, he is assigned to uncover the truth about a fatal car accident fourteen years ago.
Patricia is informed that Shylah is legally tied to the Cooper property and she cannot stand her ground without exposing her identity.
Will she discover what she once lost, simmering under the camouflage of distorted truth?
Will Justin find what his soul yearns, or is it a childhood illusion, lingering in the ashes of his burned memories?