It is the most important evening of her life: the grand opening of the San Francisco Palace, the newest jewel crowning her dazzling hotel empire. As Dorothy-Anne Hale Cantwell awaits the arrival of her husband, she allows herself to be swept into the arms of the very attractive, very married Senator Hunt Window for a dance. By the end of the evening Freddy Cantwell is missing in a private plane crash, and Dorothy-Anne's world has begun spinning wildly out of control.
With her hard-won empire threatened by a ruthless, powerful enemy, Dorothy-Anne plunges into a nightmare of scandal, deception, and cold-blooded murder. Hunt Window is her only escape, offering comfort, passion, and a most dangerous second chance at love.