Recently graduated from nursing school, twenty-one year old Jewell McKean is thrust into her first real job as an ER nurse in a Level I trauma center. She is inexplicably drawn to a young man as he is brought into her ER one night. Unfortunately she is unable to do anything but stand by and watch him die. Distraught by his death, wishing she had known this man she only just met, she sits by his bedside mourning his death as his heart begins to beat again.
Collin Sykes knows he should be dead. Soon it becomes clear that his family is keeping secrets from him. To make matters worse, his doctors are keeping secrets from him as well.
Collin’s uncle Percy has reasons to keep secrets from his nephew. Once a Templar Knight, he is nearly one thousand years old. His long life has brought him nothing but pain. His relationships have doomed him to a millennium of heartache, and there are people who want to kill him because of the secrets he holds. Hoping to shield his nephew from the pain of his existence, Percy hasn’t told his nephew what they are. But Percy finds that soon he must tell Collin all he knows, or he will doom his nephew to the very pain he has worked so hard from which to shield him. Separating his nephew from Jewell is only the first step.
When Edgar Durand learns of Collin’s death and resurrection he is intrigued. A member of the Obsidian Knights, a religious sect created by King Philip IV of France to prove heresies committed by the Templar Knights, Edgar has been charged with seeking out those who have defiled the Holy Grail and stolen the gift of immortality. The punishment is death by beheading. When Collin disappears, the Obsidian Knights kidnap Jewell to lure Collin out of hiding. Now it is up to Collin to rescue Jewell without losing his head.
- Linnea Hall, January 2011
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