After filing charges that put his abusive ex-Dom behind bars, Jesse Turnbull relocates halfway across the country, hoping to escape his past-but, of course, it's never that easy. When Jesse meets third-year law student Aadon at the library where he works, their mutual attraction is instant and obvious. Despite the sparks, they just can't seem to make it work. Aadon is mired in guilt over his inability to help his older brother, damaged by events far too similar to Jesse's past. Jesse is stuck in his own desperate wish to forget the painful shadow that continues to threaten him and any hope of a happy future. The only way to move forward is for Jesse to ackwledge he's broken and for Aadon to accept he can't make him better.