After leaving her abusive husband, PhD student Litza York is looking forward to a change of scenery. A year in a tiny village in eastern Finland, researching the rare Saimaa seal is just what she needs.
Meeting handsome park ranger Niilo Vuorikoski comes both as a welcome surprise and a challenge: How can she trust her instincts, when they have utterly failed her in the past?
But her emotional struggle gets overshadowed by a more immediate concern, when someone starts poisoning the object of her study, bringing her favourite animal to the verge of extinction.
Both issues reach boiling point when Litza pursues a terrible suspicion, and finds herself in mortal danger…