This intense romantic suspense thriller is the kick-off to Novak's Evelyn Talbot series. After surviving a horrific event in her past Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist is determined to study and unlock the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. She secures funding for a private facility to continue her studies called Hanover House in the remote small town of Hilltop Alaska. The townspeople are not happy with this new development but lack the political strength to prevent the medical center from opening. Among the unhappy members of the community is Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok. However, he finds himself conflicted because as strong as he feels about not having these offenders in his town, he is equally intrigued by and attracted to Evelyn.