When Lori James' father writes to her for the first time in years her life is literally turned upside down. Inheriting a rundown general store 17,000 kilometres away in Australia, her plan of getting in, selling up, and getting back out again seems simple enough. But accusing the local Police Sergeant, maddeningly sexy Zeb Turner, of shop lifting on her first day in Murfey's Beach, Lori quickly discovers the implications of being on the wrong side of the law. Moving on isn't going to be as easy a task as she first thought. Ironically, if Lori wants to get rid of the shop, she's going to have to fight to keep it first. Desperate to win over the colourfully eccentric locals who hold the keys to her freedom, Lori sets about breathing new life into the sleepy old community. Temperatures rise and desire sizzles as the residents of the tiny seaside village experience their hottest summer romance in decades.