Eric needs a firm hand to help him learn what he truly yearns for. But when desire turns to love, could he lose everything? Eric Hutchins is a rootless young man running out of money when he arrives on the outskirts of a small town. He finds a job at a picaresque inn, but he also finds trouble with a local bully. That's when Mitch Galloway steps in. Haunted by his past, he lives alone by choice. The last thing he wants is to get involved with a vulnerable young guy like Eric. Stern and physically imposing, Mitch stirs unexpected feelings in Eric. But for Eric, the recent attack has revived memories of an earlier brutal violation. That trauma won't let Eric admit how he really feels, not even to himself. Eric doesn't want to accept the truth, but again and again, his body betrays him. Mitch is just the man to break through his reluctance, but he has demons of his own holding him back. Can he give his heart to Eric despite his violent past? When Eric's relentless attacker makes his final move, can he and Mitch find their way back to each other or will their pasts tear them apart?