The Celtic Cock… the family pub Torin Flanigan ran with his sister. It took up all his time and energy, making it easy to fend off the multiple propositions he got from women every night. But there was one woman that caught, and held, his eye. Erin McBride. She came in rarely to the pub when she returned from her military tours, but when she did, her haunted eyes drew him in, making him want to soothe whatever nightmares plagued her. The Hope City Marathon was coming soon and running with her was a chance to spend more time getting to know the quiet beauty. Will Torin be able to be the man Erin needs when tragedy strikes and her world implodes a second time?