Alice Boyle has no safe haven. She escapes her abusive step father by going to Hogwarts. She escapes the bullies at school by going home. She has no friends, barely any family, and not a prayer in the world. That is, until, she gets a new teacher at the school. Professor Severus Snape is a tall, menacing man dressed in all black. He scares all the students, all except for Alice. Will their after class discussions turn into something more? Will sparks ignite when they next see each other? What will happen when one of them is faced with a terrifying near-death experience? What will happen when they reveal their secrets to one another? Will their new-found love for one another see them through?