Storm racing. The highest risk sport in the Terran Alliance…and the most lucrative. Elaina Carteret holds the championship title on multiple worlds with all the celebrity, wealth and male attention that comes with it. After a horrific accident, she disappears to resurface as Lainie Carter, a medical transport pilot on a non-aligned desert planet. Her risk-taking, rule-breaking approach to her job infuriates the med facility’s director, Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet. Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine, and flames his body to ash. She’s not what she seems and he lost his soul to another who lived behind a lie. When the facility is attacked by a rival Federation, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to prevent the spread of a deadly phage. As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface to threaten millions of lives and their very souls.