Tony is hiding. He might have managed to escape from the people who were torturing him, but while his body has healed, his mind hasn't. The memories haunt him, and he can't trust anyone, not even his dearest friends. How can he trust his mate? Sam didn't expect to find his mate in the council assassins. He's always been wary of the profession, even though both his parents and his siblings have made it a family business. He can't entirely avoid them, though, just like he can't avoid his mate when he meets him. Tony has no idea how to deal with having Sam in his life when he can't even allow his mate to come close to him, but thankfully, Sam isn't easily pushed away. No matter how slow their progress is, he's not going anywhere. Will Tony be able to heal from the trauma when the people who hurt him are still out there and a threat to him and the people he considers his family? Or will he have to do something radical to make sure he and Sam have a future together?