A relentless campaign by phone, letter, and email has persuaded Hollander Latham's parents to purchase the home of her dreams; Spring Hill, a beautiful North Carolina plantation where Holly spent her memorable thirteenth summer. Now a successful architect, Holly is intent on reuniting with Spring Hill's neighbor and her love from that long-ago summer, wealthy heir Laurence Beaumont - she dreams of working her way into Lorrie's heart while restoring his historic estate, Belle Chere. But as Christmas fast approaches, Nick Taggert - a mysterious stranger who makes her laugh and tempts her with a surprising passion - turns her plans upside down. One man can seduce her with fortune and privilege; the other can promise her the simple gift of love. And on a frost-covered Christmas night, Holly's choice will unmask astonishing truths and hidden dangers - revelations that will forever change her charmed life and her vulnerable heart.