Marc Hamilton’s busy but ordered life is turned upside down when he meets Traci Talman. He is a rising star in the wine world and has been in Australia, working on establishing a new International brand. Two weeks spent helping a friend and crew of eight sail a boat from Hawaii to the central coast of California gets him to his beach house in the middle of the night. All he wants is a shower and a warm bed. He finds his bed occupied by a sleeping woman. Assuming she is a friend of his brother Chris, and to tired to bother with her, he curls his six foot two frame on the sofa for a cramped nights sleep. The morning finds her claiming to have rented the beach house from an Internet vacation rental company, although she can’t produce the signed rental documents. A stolen car, illicit drugs, maxed out credit card, bounced check and zero balance in her bank account leaves the woman at Marc’s mercy.
Traci Talman, a young independent barmaid from Texas decides to start her own Event Planning business in the central coast wine region of California. No sooner does she reach California than she falls into some kind of hellhole where her money, credit, car, and good name disappear. The only good thing to enter her life is Marc Hamilton. Handsome former Marine, owner of one of California’s largest vineyards is sympathetic to her plight and invites her to stay as his houseguest until she gets her affairs in order. The whisper of his hand against her skin sends Traci to a place she’s never imagined. They are soon entangled in a tempestuous affair. He wants her to stay with him at the ranch and she yearns to regain her independent lifestyle although she lacks the means to achieve her goal. With Marc, she knows the heights of passion but all too soon they are overwhelmed by circumstances over which they have no control.