When Tyran III explodes into cosmic rubble, Dogan MacRae, human and Kereth, a golden Tyran are flung into the vastness of space. After a journey of many weeks, their small scout ship is wrecked against the cliffs of Culdara. Kereth is injured and Dogan, exhausted from carrying her to a safe place find refuge in a small cave. When Dogan is attacked by a cliff panther, he manages to kill the animal with his last bit of strength then collapses beside Kereth in the cave.
Eve Adams is envious. She has raised her family and watched her children become successful. She has also been a top drawer wife to George. But, in her heart of hearts, Eve always wanted something more than the life of a homemaker. She watched as other women found freedom and fought their way from the secretary pool to the board room and knew she had what it took to do the same. So many regrets, at least about that portion of her life.
Rachel Connors loved her life, and her job as a manager at a ski resort in Aspen Colorado, but after learning she was ill, she decided to take a long needed vacation to her parent's home. This was when she met Kyle Landers, who in her absence had moved into her parent's lives, and before he'd even met Rachel, Kyle had decided not to like her. Kyle had been alone in the world when Rachel's parents had taken him in; and he couldn't understand why their ungrateful daughter had chosen to distance herself from them.