Newspaper reporter Ana Burns resists the idea of her new assignment-writing a series on the effects of lead paint on children-because she is looking for what she considers more exciting stories. When she realizes that her job is on the line if she doesn't do the series, Ana follows a tip and heads off to the urban youth center, Haven, where she meets the elusive director, Sam Hawke, who is not too keen on answering questions. But Ana develops a relationship with a young girl named Flora, and Sam realizes that Flora needs Ana to help her open up and heal. This well-developed story, full of romance and intrigue, deserves a place in CF and contemporary romance collections. Palmer (The Briton) lives in Missouri.