Jake Evans has been in the Marine Corps for seventeen years, juggling his conflicting duties to country and his teenage daughter. But when he suffers a serious injury and is sent home, he knows he’ll be forced to make decisions he doesn’t want to. Battered in spirit and afraid of what the future may hold, he takes the long way home by driving cross-country.
He never expected to meet Alyce Marshall, a free-spirited woman on a self-declared adventure: she’s running away from home.
In spite of her outward free spirit, Alyce has problems of her own she must face, including the ever-present shadow of her father and his influence on her growing up. She senses similarities in Jake, and decides that it’s up to her to teach the tough Marine that life isn’t just about rules and regulations. What she doesn’t plan on is falling in love with him…and being forced to share her secret.