'Dammit, Tess, he doesn't seem worth protecting.''I'm not protecting him, sarge,' she said. She dropped her gaze, biting her lip, and for the first time in his experience she spoke in a small voice. 'I'm protecting me.'For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult - but also puts their careers on the line. Tess's work is everything to her; she's forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns to haunt her, Steve must race through wild country if he is to save the people he most cares about.