In her fifteenth year, Kathryn Bond’s life was thrown off course by a violent crime. Headed for Olympic glory, she instead began a long journey toward healing, her dreams having turned to dust. One day she sat down to write a romance novel and began a career that would make her the most popular romance author in the world and a multi-millionaire before she turned thirty. But her dreams of romance remained on the computer screen and in her books, for she could not recover from the long-ago attack which had changed the course of her life. She avoided men at all costs, if she possibly could. Her dreams of being kissed, of having a strong pair of arms around her, remained that – only dreams. But her married friends never gave up, sure they could find for her that special someone who would heal those terrifying memories once and for all. One day, her world turned upside down again, when an experienced war correspondent walked into her life. A man who understood everything. And understood her. Just when it was all coming together for Kathryn, a phone call brought life-altering news. A child was coming into her life, an orphaned little girl, whose addicted mother had died. A child who had been damaged by abuse and needed one thing above all else—she needed healing. With her lover’s help, Kathryn has to face her demons once and for all, and rise above them, to meet the needs of this broken child.