Romance writer Riley Voorhees is looking forward to spending Independence Day with her married, rich lover, Sean, in their lavish San Diego love nest. While waiting for Sean to get back from a business trip a week before the holiday, an enigmatic stranger shows up, and he’s about to shake up Riley’s world in more ways than she could imagine.
Malcolm Valentine has spent five years in prison, and he can’t wait to get revenge on the man who put him there. After finagling his way into Sean and Riley’s love nest, he takes feisty Riley hostage and works on putting his plan of revenge into action.
During their encounter, various secrets are unleashed, and Riley and Malcolm realize they have more in common than they thought. Soon they are tempted by an unusual yet undeniable romance that neither can deny.