Former attorney Neva Case has spent the last five years running the Big Brown Barn. To the casual observer, the Barn is an Internet business that sells jewelry. To desperate teenage girls forced into polygamy, it serves as a haven and a way out. While driving through the desert one morning, Neva comes across a battered Mick Savin and gives him shelter at the Barn. But when she realizes danger surrounds Mick, she fears his troubles will jeopardize the secrets of the Barn and her heart.

Mick is an agent on a covert SG-5 mission to gather intelligence on the crime syndicate Spectra. But he gets sidetracked after Spectra thugs beat him and leave him for dead. While recovering under Neva's watchful eye, Mick realizes his mission and Neva's Barn share a connection—a desperate runaway who stumbled into Spectra's path now hides at the Barn and dangerous people are looking for her. Can Mick protect the Barn and Neva—the woman he now loves?

A larger-than-life hero and nonstop action keep the suspense high in Kent's latest SG-5 adventure. A heart-wrench-ing secondary romance adds emotional intensity and depth to this compelling tale. (Jun., 320 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell