But coincidence, perhaps Fate, causes Mick Calahan to become entangled in the equally mysterious saga of strangers. And circumstances bring him unwillingly into the open, where looms his greatest fear--that his decisions might affect and destroy real lives.
And so even as he hesitantly peels back a remote western town's uneasy past, he finds that again he must choose--between retreat into a martyr's insignificance and overt protection of a broken family that desperately needs his help. Dare he stand, pretend he's not a lightning rod for calamity, and shield a woman and child he has grown to love? Dare he stand, and sink back to the terrible place his soul once knew, forfeiting what's left of his own humanity?
As in the ancient, timeless biblical fable from which the saga's title derives, the fate of paradise rests in this lone defender's hands. And the chance for redemption from old demons can be a powerful lure. But Destiny is never fair, and the classic heroic warrior must this time walk an inglorious path. If not for a dignity he denies he has...and the subtly tantalizing motive of forbidden love....
There is a man who has long since lost faith in himself. He is a man whom every woman needs on her darkest day, whom every man becomes in his finest hour.