Dr. Elizabeth Douglas has had a sheltered upbringing, steering clear of anything that could hurt her — including town outcast Cullen Ryan. Years later, though, her teenage crush has returned to town as the respectable and intensely handsome Officer Ryan. And it's Cullen who strides onto the scene when Elizabeth discovers the dead body of one of her students. As they form a wary partnership to investigate the murder, both discover something unexpected.
All of Elizabeth's old feelings are resurrected by Cullen, and this dangerous passion threatens her safe existence. As for Cullen, he begins to realize that brainy Elizabeth has turned into a beautiful young woman. So when Elizabeth becomes the next target of the ruthless killer, Cullen vows to do anything to protect her. But can he protect himself from the haunting pull of desire in the sanctuary of Elizabeth's eyes?