Bernice has to admit, so far, her new job has been fairly cushy. As the governor’s press secretary, she schmoozes with the media and sets up meet-n-greets that are more like high school pep rallies.
But apparently, the cushiness is over. A small engine plane crash in the Wisconsin River Valley reveals a dead female passenger and a missing pilot. The plane belongs to the governor's father, a decorated war hero and married man.
The governor's office doesn't need anymoreany more scandal, and Bernice doesn't need to spend more time than necessary with Governor Ryan Knutson, a handsome and pesky ghost from nookies past.
Bernice's live-in boyfriend and Wisconsin DCI state investigator has no clue about Bernice's former relationship with Ryan, and she'd like to keep it that way. Evan Wyatt already has enough reasons to dislike the new governor; first and foremost, because Ryan married Lexi, Evan's ex-wife, the woman who broke his heart, the woman Evan never really had any closure with.
Not that Agent Wyatt has time to find out Bernice's secret. He's too busy tracking down a serial killer who leaves young, tattooed men dead in truck stop showers. And Bernice doesn't have time to worry about it. When she recognizes the dead woman in the plane crash, Bernice becomes unwittingly involved in a human trafficking investigation of international proportions.
Trust is running thin all around, between friends, between family, between old and new lovers. Bernice and Evan trust each other unequivocally. But when confronted with relationships they thought were safely behind them, can they trust themselves?