Kerry's embarrassment at reversing her car into a Mercedes owned by a good-looking stranger increases when she learns that he is an inspector on the local police force. She is even more disconcerted when he takes the flat above hers, but then compassion softens her heart when she discovers he has a paralyzed daughter. She soon realizes, however, that Ross Curran is a difficult man to care about. Clashes between them are inevitable, as Kerry feels he is attempting to assert the same authority over her that he uses with his junior constables, and she begins to despair of ever penetrating the cold outer shell that seems to prevent his real feelings from showing. Only when she hears terrible, frightening news does she realize the full extent of her love for Ross.