Betrayed by her boyfriend, Emily Silver rushes to the refuge of her cousin's apartment. Only, he's away, and she's greeted by his friend Jude Marlowe. Crime writer Jude is as mysterious as the novels he writes, and Emily can't help but be intrigued. For, beneath his remoteness, lies a man whose eyes reveal a world of pain. Jude has a secret. And the more he falls for Emily, the more he knows he shouldn't. For he may not be able to offer Emily the lifetime together they both deserve.