The last attack put Liz in hospital with a fractured spine and skull. She then began rehabilitation, with the help of her best friend Patti Grayson. Patti became her sister of the heart. Patti helped her once she left hospital. Once she was convinced Liz was out of danger and could do things for herself, she went home to Texas, to visit her brothers. Patti returned to England with a plan. To get Liz and Paul together.
Paul the big Texan cowboy, with a volcanic temper, was intrigued by Patti's friend and wanted to protect her from further hurt. He was gentle and kind, coaxing Liz to open her heart.
They have money, privilege, a loving family and loyal employees. But it is the love they have for each other, that ultimately sees them through their darkest times.
Set mainly on Ridgeway Ranch, Liz learns about the Grayson family businesses
Even in a state of contentment, invisible scars run deep. There are times when memories are triggered and Liz slips back to the timid, frightened girl, Paul first met. But he supports her and loves her, until she can move on from her demons.
While the story unfolds, painful subjects are unearthed, but Liz gains strength and confidence to face her fears and memories. She even stands her ground when Paul loses his temper, fighting back when needed.
For all the trials the rewards are many. Ultimately, Liz proves that one can survive after an abusive relationship, if there is the love of friends and family to rely on.