After taking the rap for a crime he didn't commit, Jake Chandler swore he'd seen the last of his unforgiving Texas hometown. Until family business brings him back…face-to-face with his past in River Bluff. Face-to-face with Rachel Diamonte. Not only did Rachel break his heart, she was the lone witness whose so-called evidence fifteen years earlier had branded him a "barn burner." And now the former homecoming queen—a single mother who needs help—has the nerve to ask him for a job. It could be Jake's chance to make her pay for what she did.… So why does he find himself compelled to protect her and her little girl?