Welcome to the Castle.
Hannah Alder used to know who she was. She used to be strong. She had confidence. Then "the thing" happened, and suddenly Hannah seems to have lost everything...including herself.
Freshly released from her father's hospital, she is banished from home and sent to live with an uncle who puts her to work for the summer, interning under the chief building inspector in a small Ohio town. No one knows her, yet somehow everyone seems to know exactly why she's there.
It's while she's on the job that Hannah first discovers the Castle: a massive stone structure set in the wheat fields of Ohio. It's soon to be the vacation destination for the kink-inclined...if the Doms who run it can ever get it properly permitted and licensed. But Hannah's nasty boss is determined to prevent that from happening. While on an inspection visit, one Dom in particular catches Hannah's eye: Master Sam. He's strong, dark, and wickedly attractive - every inch of him the very last thing someone like Hannah needs in her life.
Sam Cooper sees Hannah coming a mile away, looking horribly out of place in a poorly fitted business suit. She's the Girl Friday to the building inspector who's determined to shut them down before they even open. Sam is experienced in the BDSM world, a partner in a major kink-friendly resort, so this is definitely not his first rodeo. Yet what he sees in Hannah's astonished eyes, as he gives her a private tour of the Castle, makes him do something he can't believe: He slips her his business card.
Will Hannah call? Of course not. Not when she's working so hard to get back everything she's lost. She's getting better, after all....
Sometimes what you fight the hardest is what you need the most.