Eight years ago, scrawny Hawaiian tourist Aidan O’Reilly, found out he was deathly allergic to bees. He knew that day, even at age twelve, that the tour guide’s daughter Kalani was his destiny. Not because she saved his life, or because she was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen. Aidan knew that someday he’d have to save her life in return. Now in his third year at Hawaii State, Aidan’s finally worked up the nerve, and the muscle, to talk to her again. But Kalani doesn’t date blonde-haired, blue-eyed haoles. Especially younger ones. Aidan will have to do more than make her laugh or try to impress her. He’ll have to loosen her grip on the small world she’s confined herself in, to make her see the endless possibilities her future can have.
Kalani Kai and her three brothers lost their mother when she was only five. The only female in a house of proud Hawaiian men, Kalani rebelled against their authority until their father was injured in an accident. Kalani now runs his tour business, and takes care of him. She’s the one who will always take care of him. Just as expected. When a fair-skinned paddle-boarder shows up after work one day claiming she saved his life, her perception of the world, and her place in it changes. As much as she wants to pretend there isn’t a bond between them, pushing him away feels wrong. He challenges every belief she’s been raised on and every plan she’s never made. If her place in this world isn’t centered on an island in the Pacific, how can she leave without abandoning her family? How can her dreams ever come true?