Varick Ward was raised in a werewolf pack to hate everything he's become: a gay man in a pack that allows him to be out and also accepts humans. But losing his mate to the violence of homophobia and then spending two years trapped as a wolf has changed him for the better. Since Varick joined Isherwood Pack, he's been slowly regaining a real life despite keeping his pain to himself.
When the king of werewolves invites the pack to Romania for an official introduction, Varick goes because protecting his alpha is his job. Right away, things go sideways. They're barely through the doors of the Romanian castle where the king's pack lives when a man attacks-- Or wait. Is he trying to protect Varick from everyone else? Like a new mate would? And this time around, Varick isn't the dominant partner.
Luca Antonescu is a pack teacher whose wife died three years ago. While he's looked, he's never approached another man because he knows he's really nothing special. But now that he's driven to claim this scarred giant of a war beta, Luca wants to be the best mate he can be. And Varick makes that easy since he seems to Luca to desperately need someone to care for him.
Though the couple is meant to be in isolation while they bond, ghosts from Varick's past are plotting against the people he now calls family. Though circumstances separate them and danger hovers on the edge of town, can these two persevere and secure their second chances at love?