Six months have passed since the death of Peter's wife and child and Peter is a shell of his former self. Thinking to help, Logan sends Peter to Marden's borders to see if Duke Weathers, their enemy, is going to be invading. Once he arrives at the lodge, though, Peter finds more than he bargained for. Arvel, the deaf/mute caretaker, sparks something in Peter even as he investigates.
Things become a wee bit complicated when Gareth, a mercenary and Arvel's lover, comes to the lodge. Sparks fly in more ways than one as the three men find their way around each other, and Peter finds a place for himself with both Arvel and Gareth.
It is when he goes home to make a report on what is happening along the border region that Peter meets Caelin - a young man with physical and emotional scars looking to find his own place in the world. Could he have found one with Peter? And would he be able to accept the arrangements back at the lodge?
The story was beautifully written with vivid characters. Gareth and Peter have exactly the right type of personalities for their profession, though are softer than they would appear to strangers. Caelin has depths that a few might not give him credit for, probably because of a personality that would get along with a lot of people if given the chance. Then there is Arvel. He may be physically fragile - and is deaf and mute - but, because of those limitations, he is the strongest of them all, with a bright shining spirit.