In the wake of the Hale fire, Peter Hale is a broken man in more ways than one. Left damaged and scarred for six years, Peter knows nothing but pain and a fierce, burning desire for revenge. In his quest to take down the people who'd ruined his life and murdered his family, Peter loses his way and becomes a man as bad as his enemies. This is the person Charlie Lector meets and instantly falls in love with. Peter resists Charlie's advances, denying his developing feelings for her and making worse and worse choices in the hopes that he'll scare her off. But when Charlie's resilience and affection begin to break through the walls Peter's had up since the fire, will she really love the man she finds?