All college student Kayla Hartley wants is to go home for Thanksgiving, but money’s tight since her father died. She’s homesick and, whether she wants to admit it or not, still grieving. Out of desperation, she accepts a ride from a stranger whose name she finds on a ride board at college.
Despite her roommate’s warning, Kayla gets into the car with Mark Lawson, a handsome cowboy, who charms his way into her heart.
But is he too attractive for his own good?
It’s 800 miles across an unforgiving, barren landscape from San Angelo, Texas, to her hometown in Arizona, and as night falls and the road becomes more desolate, Kayla begins to wonder if she’s made a mistake, a terrible one that might cost her dearly.
A wreck leaves them stranded in the rugged Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Kayla suffers a concussion, and the car is no longer drivable. The nearest town is one hundred miles away. It’s dark and getting cold. She thinks they’re alone.
Having grown up in the desert, Kayla knows its dangers. Sandstorms. Flash floods. Gila monsters. And rattlesnakes and other predators, like coyotes. But, as Kayla soon finds out, the most dangerous predator in the desert is human.
And he’s close.