Kiley Ross and Leo Marshall have a secret. He's her indulgence, her addiction. She's his compass, his impossible dream. They meet in shadows and love between whispered promises.
Kiley is home for the summer between graduating college and attending graduate school out-of-state in the fall. Everything is changing—friends are scattering across the world, her long-lost brother has appeared out of nowhere, a wildfire is threatening the family home, and her secret affair with the local outsider—Leo—is heading toward a breaking point.
As the wildfire ravages the forest around the small town of Ouray, Kiley realizes what really matters and what truly doesn't. Her resistance toward change forces her to come to terms with her own failings—or risk losing the friendships and relationships that mean so much to her. Can she break free of the expectations that have held her back in time to rescue her love affair with Leo? Can he forgive her for wanting to keep him a secret? Confronted with seeing everything she has ever known burn to the ground, can Kiley rise up and step into her own power?