Phineas has lived in his cage all his life. He doesn't know anything different, and he doesn't expect anything different. That changes when his handler dies in a car accident, and Galen is hired to replace him. Galen has always loved animals and accepting the job at the zoo is an opportunity for him to work with more animals than just cats and dogs. The last thing he expected was to be assigned to Phineas, the golden tiger shifter who lives at the zoo. He's always been fascinated with shifters, and he hates the way Phineas is treated like an animal. While he keeps an eye on the news for the Supreme Court decisions on shifters, he does what he can to make Phineas' life more comfortable, but he wants to do more—so much more. Galen didn't expect he'd fall in love with Phineas, and he's elated when the Supreme Court upholds the decision to consider all shifters as human beings. What he doesn't know is that the zoo sold Phineas and that he's going to be transferred away from Galen. Galen can't allow that to happen, so he takes Phineas away, to the town where shifters and humans live together. Someone is after them, though, and they might not manage to reach the town in time—or without one of them getting hurt.