Kelly Jones is an Apache combat pilot with no place to go except up. She lives to fly and flies to live. When she leaves the military, she discovers her new calling in the mountains of Colorado. The Silver Creek search and rescue team is looking for helicopter pilots and she feels certain that she's the woman for the job. Roan Phillips, head pilot for the area's SAR team, is a stickler when it comes to performance and refuses to sign her off to fly with them. She's too brash--too dangerous--to fly with the precision needed by an SAR pilot. But when an avalanche sweeps through a group of heli-skiers, stranding them in high country as a storm approaches, he's faced with a difficult decision. These particular skiers are his personal friends and one of them is missing. Kelly insists she's capable of flying resuce, and with time running out, Roan has no choice but to include her in the mission. It's a choice he quickly second-guesses as the treachery of mountain flying becomes all too real and one emergency becomes two.