US Marine Colonel Nelson Wainwright was lucky to make it back from Afghanistan alive after his helicopter went down in a blaze of machine gun fire. Now, he's bent on denying the excruciating pain he still feels months after the crash-fearing it will keep him from attaining the only thing he wants: a promotion to four-star general. But when he meets the distractingly beautiful Audrey Powers, his world is rocked. Could there be something Nelson desires more than four stars? As a physician, Audrey knows the pain in Nelson's neck could mean trouble - and when her interest in him becomes more than medical, she's got some trouble herself. Scarred by an early heartbreak, the last thing she wants is a romantic involvement. Now, as their lives intertwine, the two find its time to face new pain, and old wounds, and discover whether new love has the power to heal their hearts.