Markus Lane was depressed when the man he loved mated with someone else. To take his mind off of the pain, he decides to take to bed the beautiful stranger he sees sitting in the bar behind him. Little did he realize that his one-night stand is actually his mate. Lance Malloy is out to prove that werewolves exist. He's searched for that proof ever since he was a child and a shifter saved his life. That the gorgeous man who has been showing him all the best hiking trails is a werewolf, and claims they are mated, is the best news he's ever heard. But to protect his lover he must give up his research. The packs need to stay hidden, and when some of Lance's old colleagues turn out to be hunters, and they track him down and attack DeWitt's pack, how will he ever get Markus to believe that he had no hand in this betrayal?