Julie is a seemingly normal middle-aged woman who married the man of her dreams, or so she thinks. She had a very difficult childhood being the youngest daughter of a divorced couple. Her mother is an alcoholic, and her father resents her due to questions surrounding her paternity. Julie’s upbringing left her unsure of how to differentiate between love, sex, and power. Her story is told through a series of therapy sessions. The reader learns of her abusive past and its effect on the present day.
At the peak of her Hollywood career, actress Sass Brandt has everything she could want until a haunting novel about an Irishwoman torn between husband and secret lover touches her heart. She vows to find the man behind the story and bring it to the screen. But Shay Collier is holed up in a cabin in the Alaska wilderness trying to forget the book he wrote and the betrayal that shattered his heart. When beautiful, reckless Sass appears she arouses desires in him that Shay thought were long dead. No longer able to deny themselves, they embark on a journey that will turn their dream into a nightmare and demand more than either might be able to give.