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Under a false identity, Joan finally has the life she has always wanted. With pressure to deepen a relationship on one side, and the threat of an old nemesis finding her on the other, she refuses to run, no matter what it costs her.
Into this chaos comes a letter from a man claiming to be her unknown father, and an invitation to visit him at Quarry Hall. He has a proposition for her.
Joan can make a big difference for good in the world, using her father's money. She hungers for the family and sense of belonging that Quarry Hall offers. To rescue her closest friend, she would sell the soul she doesn't believe she possesses.
In the end, Joan will have to give up the lies that have kept her alive all these years.
After a rough assignment catching people out to destroy battered women's shelters, Anne needs a break. Being assigned to observe operations at Common Grounds Legal Clinic seems like a cake assignment. Xander Finley, the head lawyer, is a friend of Joan. The clinic is already supported by the Arc Foundation, so Arc is simply expanding its support.
But then Anne is carjacked, and her guard dog, Argus, is shot. Off balance, worried about Argus, and wearing borrowed clothes, things keep getting worse. Face-to-face with someone from her painful past and feeling antagonism from Xander's employees, Anne stumbles into one problem after another. Her frustration grows when allies became enemies, and she is accused of entrapment and then attempted murder. How come prayer is her last resort, when it should have been her first reaction to every problem?
Kathryn's retreat for relaxation and contemplation is interrupted to take a fugitive to safety, beyond the reach of authorities who may be compromised. The injured woman knows her name is Regina, but not why people were shooting at her. The journey to reach a friend in the FBI is complicated when Kathryn's illness requires frequent stops, permitting Regina's pursuers to nip at their heels.
When the mountains interfere with cell reception, and she can't stop long enough to make a call for help and advice, Kathryn has only her companion dog, her own wits, and prayer to depend on. Deception waits around every corner and Regina's attitude tests Kathryn's sympathy and her faith.