In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accessible to the outside world by only a single road, young widow Cate Nightingale lives peacefully with her four-year-old twin boys, running a bed-and-breakfast. Though the overnight guests are few and far between - occasional hunters and lake fishermen - Cate always manages to make ends meet with the help of the local jack-of-all-trades, Calvin Harris, who can handle everything from carpentry to plumbing. But Calvin is not what he seems, and Cate’s luck is about to run out. One morning, the B&B’s only guest inexplicably vanishes, leaving behind his personal effects. A few days later Cate is shocked when armed men storm the house, demanding the mystery man’s belongings. Fearing for her children’s lives, Cate agrees to cooperate - until Calvin saves the day, forcing the intruders to scatter into the surrounding woods. The nightmare, however, is just beginning. Cate, Calvin, and their entire community find themselves cut off and alone with no means to call for help as the threat gathers intensity and first blood is drawn. With their fellow residents trapped and the entire town held hostage, Cate and Calvin have no choice but to take the fight to their enemies under the cover of night. While reticent Cal becomes a fearless protector, Cate makes the most daring move of her life…into the very heart of danger.
Linda S. Howington, an American author, was born in Alabama in 1950. She writes romance/suspense novels under the pseudonym Linda Howard. Inspired by the iconic novel, Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, Howard began writing stories for her own enjoyment, until, after 20 years, she finally submitted a novel for publication. That novel set her a on a very successful career.
Linda's husband is a professional bass tournament competitor, and she travels with him and works on her laptop as he is competing. They live on a farm in Alabama in a beautiful, large home, where they raise cattle and have two furry pal golden retrievers.