Afghanistan, a land of relentless temperatures, dust, and sand, with danger lurking at every turn and at every footfall, and a war that does not discriminate between enemy, friends, or lovers. Life on deployment is traumatic and fraught for Corporal Katie Walker, a career British Army Combat Trauma Medic. There is no time for relationships, they would create more complications than she can handle. Giving your heart to someone is to risk losing them and she has no intention of taking that enormous chance. However, in the unlikeliest of places she meets US Marine Staff Sergeant Joe Anderson, a hardened, grizzled veteran and a "by the book" career Marine. Committed to his mistress, the US Marine Corp, he has never wanted a woman until he meets the pretty medic. Attraction between them is instantaneous and intense, but living their lives on the edge, away from loved ones and the warmth of home, is what Katie and Joe feeling real or an illusion? When denial of their feelings overcomes duty and danger, they come to realize that love can bloom and flourish, bringing to two people a small piece of happiness and warmth amidst hardship and terror. Born on the foundations of combat with its harsh realities, cruel environment, and conflict, can their deep love for each other survive or is it destined to perish, destroyed by tragedy and loss? Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.