Alison Young seems to have it all - a brilliant career, a beautiful San Francisco townhouse, a loving husband, and a talented teenage daughter. But for 18 years, Alison has kept a terrible a secret. She was the victim of a violent rape, and her daughter is the result of it. Unable to bring her attacker to trial or get a legal abortion, Alison left her hometown, reinvented her past, and built a new life for herself. Now, however, someone threatens to destroy all that Alison has achieved. Country Davis - rapist, convicted felon, and career criminal - is getting out of prison and heading for California, where he plans to claim his place beside the woman and child he calls family.