By the winter of 1870, Caleb Fletcher has carved out a sheltered existence for himself in a simple cabin, outside a small town in the backwaters of Nebraska, resigned to living out his days as a solitary wolf. But his quiet life is interrupted when another werewolf lands on his doorstep on the eve of a snowstorm, brutalized almost beyond repair, with nowhere else to turn.
When Caleb reluctantly welcomes Jacob into his cabin, and eventually his bed, it forces him to face up to the traumas he’s been running from; the shame that made him leave his pack behind, and the horrors of war he endured.
As the weeks pass, it seems that Jacob’s arrival might not be the coincidence it first appeared. Jacob has an agenda. One that involves Caleb. And if Caleb agrees to it – if he can let go of his past and his prejudices – it will change Caleb’s whole world. Maybe even for the better.
But what if home finds you?
Three years after Jacob Carpenter landed on Caleb Fletcher’s doorstep, the Alpha mates return to the city they grew up in to be married.
Aside from the sheer exhaustion of traveling across the country with three children in tow, both men step foot back in New York filled with apprehension about what kind of reception they will receive from their families after abandoning their respective packs.
At first it seems they are welcomed home with open arms and much excitement about their wedding but it soon becomes clear that not everyone is so happy to see the prodigal sons return.
Indeed, Caleb finds himself wondering if Jacob will go through with the ceremony at all, or whether it would be better to pack up his mate and their children, and head back to Nebraska before the situation does irreparable damage to them both.
Seth Mason arrives at the Alphas’ Homestead under duress. The Council have made it clear that if his cousins, Caleb and Jacob can’t tame Seth’s wild ways, his very last chance will be used up and he’ll have nowhere left to go.
Seth is horrified to find that he’s going to have to spend a year living in the backwaters of Nebraska. He hates the Alphas. He hates the dirt and the horses. He hates the nearby town and everyone in it.
In fact, the only thing he doesn’t hate is Mal, the deputy sheriff. Unfortunately, Mal doesn’t seem to like Seth much, especially when Seth uses his bad behavior to try to get the deputy’s attention.
Jacob feels for Seth, knowing what it’s like to lose your family, but when his cousin’s bad behavior turns the town, not only against Seth but against all the werewolves at the homestead, he has to put his sympathies aside and fight to save his family and the place he’s called home for the last five years.
Martha is returning to the homestead after five years away at school. But the excitement of her arrival is somewhat dampened by concerns weighing heavily on Caleb and Jacob’s minds. A new pack has been trying to buy up land close to town. They appear friendly enough but there’s something about them that raises both the Alphas hackles and suspicions. Their fears are doubled when one of the pack starts courting Martha, and the usually sensible girl starts to fall for the boy.
Trying to protect the town and the homestead will always come second to protecting his daughter, but Caleb is left struggling to manage all three when Martha makes it clear she doesn’t want his help or advice. And, of course, the surprise guest that Martha brought with her doesn’t help matters either.
Martha’s whole life has been an adventure of books and learning, and she imagined that it would always be that way. Until she meets Albert. Turning her head and, potentially her whole future upside down, she struggles with her feelings. But while her mind is reeling, there’s a constant presence waiting in the wings. Someone that will catch her if she falls. Someone that always has, and always will. If she’ll let him.