As the senior editor for Stillwater Publishing, Abigail Cole was the editor from hell. She could bring the mightiest scribes and the biggest egos to heel with the stroke of her famed red pen. However, when the days of the well-crafted book at Stillwater went out of the window in favor of celebrity tell-alls and novels written by the latest neophytes du jour, Abigail packed up her red pen, moved onto greener pastures and started a successful public relations firm with her best friend, Shana Collingsworth.
After seven seasons as quarterback for the New York Giants, Sam Best retired to focus on his legacy and build his future with his fiancée, Maria Carrangelo. So when he was offered a contract to write his life story, it was a no-brainer until he discovered putting pen to paper was harder than he thought. When his manager Reggie Shaw realized his client needed a life preserver, he asked his friend Abby to un-retire her red pen to work with Sam.
A former NBA wife, her ex- husband, J.J. Stokes, cheated on her with a groupie (whom he later married). On his way to his second divorce from former mistress (and groupie) Beebe Stokes, Abigail shielded their child from the tabloid fodder that inevitably followed. Despite her feelings, she did Reggie a favor and agreed to work with Sam.
With an editorial deadline overhead, Abby and Sam work together. At first she's a taskmaster but eventually Sam begins to see her as something more than a tough editor. She was a sexy woman. His attraction to her grew causing him to reexamine his relationship with Maria and he makes the unpopular decision to call off the wedding putting his image as the All-American good guy at risk.