Carissa Cartel is an ice maiden waiting for the fire to thaw her frozen heart. That fire is in the form of Nathan Edwards. Carissa and Nathan's paths cross after Nathan's father, Travis Edwards, suffers a heart attack while in Carissa's office.
Carissa poses as Travis' fiance to gain access to his hospital room to seek forgiveness for her actions in what she blames as her doing. Carissa's guilt comes from not going to the bedside of her dying father, C. J. Cartel, eighteen years earlier. However, Carissa has taken on the crude business qualities of C.J. Carissa is a lonely and cold-hearted young woman.
Carissa not only has isolated her friends, but she has also isolated her employees. When her secretary, Liz, gives Carissa a dancer ballerina figurine for her birthday, Carissa is upset and cannot express her appreciation for the gift. It is not because Carissa does not like the gift, but because the figurine reminds Carissa of what she gave up earlier in order to please her father. Carissa wanted to be a dancer, but instead, chose the life that was similar to her father.
While Nathan is awaiting for his father's recovery, Nathan and Carissa spend a lot of time together. Nathan assumes Carissa is his father's fiance' and Carissa has assumed another name because she is unable to admit her role in Nathan's father's illness. It is during this time, that Carissa's and Nathan's feelings develop into something stronger -- love. Both have been hurt by others in their lives and are hesitant to reach out and enjoy what life is offering them. Also, there is Carissa's secret that she is hiding and has a hard time admitting to Nathan. However, with all secrets, nothing actually stays hidden forever. Carissa has some tough decisions to make, but will the decisions be made in time? Will the decisions be worth the emotional turmoil she and Nathan endure?
Congratulations, Ms. Byrd. This is another winner.