Fifteen years ago, preacher's daughter Mariel Rowan was a pregnant college student, determined to give her unborn child a better life -- with or without Noah Lyon's blessing. Moments after placing her tiny newborn daughter in a stranger's welcoming arms, Mariel forced herself out of Noah's, never to see him again. Now, out of nowhere comes the shattering e-mail with the haunting message that will force Mariel to confront a past she has struggled to put behind her -- and the only man she's ever loved. Before Mariel can contact the stranger who claims to be her daughter, the girl mysteriously vanishes. Tormented by parental fears, yet cast in an outsider's role, Mariel seeks out the one person who will understand her emotions -- and her heartache. As she and Noah retrace their lost daughter's steps, they must face, once again, the painful yet passionate bond that first brought them together.