Before Cara Fleming became a detective for the Chicago Police Department, she lived in the shadowy depths of homelessness. Running from an abusive relationship, bleak anonymity had been her only recourse. Now, when her apartment is set ablaze in an attempt to stop one of her investigations, she plunges undercover into street life once more to protect herself and an important eyewitness. Bryan O'Shaugnessy, an Episcopal priest on the south side of Chicago, has a new project on his hands: the soup kitchen his church sponsors. Overworked, harried, and lonely, he finds himself surprisingly drawn to the new volunteer named Cara. Against this backdrop of hide-and-seek with criminals who will stop at nothing, Bryan unexpectedly meets the love of his life. Though Cara longs for rest, she resists putting down roots because of old memories. Will Bryan be able to convince her otherwise? Will her faith grow strong enough to accept the possibility of a home with him? Will warmth and compassion, author Sally John explores one of those moments--the space of a heartbeat--that can completely alter the course of a person's life.