For ten years Ros James has stayed away from Tempest Beach. She had vowed never to return to her childhood hometown. A phone call informing her that her sister is missing changes all that. On return to the town, she finds that the local police have not even begun to investigate her sisters disappearance and she demands that action is taken immediately. Instant attraction sparks between Ros and Mac, Tempest Beach's sole detective, as they set about discovering what happened to her sister. The investigation brings Ros into contact with someone unpleasant from her past which brings up some very unpleasant memories for her.