The Kelso/McIvey rehab center is a place of hope and healing for its patients – and for the dedicated staff who volunteer there. For lonely newcomer Erica Castle, its' a place to make new friends. For brilliant physical therapist Darren Halvord, it's a chance to showcase his unusual gift. For beautiful Annie McIvey it's a sanctuary from a cruel husband. And for directors Naomi and Greg Boardman, it's a lifelong dram about to be destroyed if Annie's husband, David, has his way.
A brilliant surgeon, an implacable misogynist, a man whose ego rivals his skill with a scalpel, David McIvey now has controlling shares in what has always been a non profit clinic. His plan to close the clinic and replace it with a massive new surgery center – with himself at the helm – means that the rehab center, with all its good work and good people, will be forced to close its doors.
Since he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it's not surprising to anyone, especially Barbara Holloway, that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic's doors early one morning, Barbara once again uses her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic accused of his murder. Though police suspect Darren Halvord and Annie McIvey of not only having an affair, but plotting to murder David, Barbra believes a more complex motive lies at the heart of the crime. In her most perplexing case yet, she is forced to explore the darkest places where people can hide – the soul beneath the skin.