Deanna Cooper is at a turning point in her life. Two years past a divorce, she decides to leave behind fifteen years as a Navy lawyer, courtesy of an early retirement plan. Deanna’s retired Navy lawyer father quickly swoops in and arranges a position for her with a corporate law firm in Seattle, where two of his friends are senior partners. With one month until her new job begins, Deanna and her younger sister Tracy decide to take a one-week Baja cruise, with stops in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. Fortunately for Deanna, even with her impending move to a new city and her upcoming career change, as she boards the Jubilee cruise ship she can totally relax because this entire next phase of her life is neatly laid out... …or so she believes. Aboard the Jubilee, following an unpleasant impromptu double-date arranged by her sister, Deanna meets Jesse Hartwood, a sexy atrium lounge singer who long ago escaped from a destructive path as a grunge-era band member. Deanna and Jesse immediately establish a connection following his performance one night during a lengthy, intimately personal conversation that lasts late into the post-midnight hours. As the days pass, additional layers are revealed – to Deanna herself as well as to the reader – setting in motion a sequence of events that will call everything into question for Deanna.