College student Nicholas Dal shares the family talent, or curse - he is an empath, a man who experiences the emotions of other people. Too-powerful emotion can induce seizures, so to stay sane he must live alone and dull his senses with vodka.
This, in itself, would be enough for anyone to bear, but Nicholas ias also haunted by a secret from his family's past in Russia. Now someone is looking for him and he fears the worst. To further complicate things, a relationship is forming with a young woman, Jack, and his feelings for her threaten to break through his isolation.
Will Nicholas risk his love, his sanity - his life - to be with Jack?