Maddie Smart is at a crossroads. Her job and her relationship have both suddenly ended. On the advice of a friend she flies to a northern fishing lodge to recoup and plan her next move. Here she meets fishermen who don't fish, a policeman who does, a man who says he's seen Sasquatch and a lodge owner who sets her pulses racing.
She finds herself running headlong into danger with no idea of who she can trust. Her feelings for Lodge owner Rupert are clouded by his hot and cold moods, and her growing suspicions of his right hand man's involvement in a bear part harvesting ring. Maddie must face her deepest fear before she can find answers. She also must learn to trust again before she can find her own happy ending.
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“Later. Meet me in an hour by the old forest ranger tower. You know where that is?”
Maddie nodded. She’d seen the tower marked on the map above her desk. Now, at last, she would get some answers. Or else!
She swung around in the corridor leading to the office and ran smack into Daniel. Where had he come from? She’d watched him leave through the other door. And how much had he heard? He didn’t speak, merely swung on his heel and left.
One more curious person in a full cast of them at the lodge.
Maddie finished working on correspondence and then set the phone to take messages. She pulled on a long-sleeved shirt over her blouse. In case she had bushes to climb through, they’d prevent scratches. She took the bear noisemaker along, in spite of Rupe’s aspersions to its effectiveness. She didn’t expect to run into any wildlife if she stayed on the main trails, but why take chances?
She glanced around as she left, but no one seemed to be paying her any attention. Thank heavens for that! She walked, slowly at first, enjoying her surroundings. Then she glanced at her watch and walked faster. The hour was nearly up. She didn’t see any sign of McMillan behind her. Maybe he was already at the tower.
When she got to the old tower there was no sign of life. Then something rustled above her and she glanced up. She wondered if McMillan meant for her to climb to the cabin part of the tower where they wouldn’t be seen. Oh, great!
The tower wasn’t exactly a skyscraper, but was still well above Maddie’s comfort zone where heights were concerned.
She took a deep breath and started up. The steps were open for the first part of the climb, then became a shallow railed stairway before reaching a ledge surrounding the cabin on top. As she came to the last step—afraid to look down—she held her breath and grabbed for the railing to pull herself up on the ledge.
The cabin had openings on each side, but the interior was dark and she was partially blinded by the sun. She couldn’t see any sign of McMillan.
“Hello,” she called out hesitantly, her breath a little shaky from the climb.
Suddenly a figure leapt out at her from the gloom, shoving her against the railing. The rotting wood gave way under her weight and she went flying over the edge. She screamed. Her worst nightmare—falling to her death—was coming true.