Marine corporal Rick Sudder is home early from Iraq?his tour ended abruptly on the battlefield. The carefree boy is gone, replaced by a man who believes his future is as bleak as his mirror image. But can the passion and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart?As the people of Virgin River rally around Rick, another recent arrival tests the tightly knit mountain town's famous welcoming spirit. Dan Brady has a questionable past, and he's looking for a place to start over. He'd like it to be Virgin River?if he can find a way in. But he never expects to find it in the arms of a woman who was as much an outcast as himself.For a favorite son returned from war and an outsider looking for a home, Virgin River offers them a chance to make peace with the men they once were?and to find the dreams they thought they'd lost.