Jeremiah Cortez thought he'd left the past behind him - especially the part of his past concerning Phoebe Keller. In her final year in college she stirred his world-weary soul.
Now, three years later, seeing the blonde beauty again sparks dormant desires. But he has to push his emotions aside - he has ties that can't be broken, no matter how much he longs to reconnect with the determined, vivacious woman he once knew.
Phoebe thought her feelings for Cortez were buried as deep as the artefacts she studies in her museum. An expert in Native American culture, she has her doubts when an anthropologist claims to have discovered a Neanderthal skeleton on the nearby reservation. But before Phoebe can pursue the matter, the professor who called her turns up dead in a local cave - and the FBI sends in Cortez to investigate.
No sooner does Cortez show up in Phoebe's office than the heat that's always simmered between them flares anew. Phoebe can't forget the heartbreak he caused, but neither can she deny the aching need he arouses with the merest touch. Now, as the two delve further into the murder, they find themselves entangled in a world of conspiracy, deception . . . and a love more powerful than anything they've ever known.