Judge Laurel Kincade has it allbrains, beauty, and an aristocratic Old South family to back her up. A political rising star, shes ready to announce her candidacy for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.Journalist Cole McGaughan has ambitions too. Working as a religion writer for the New York Daily Journal, he longs to become a political reporter. Then his old friend Matt Hogan, a private investigator, calls with a tip. The lovely young judge may be hiding a secret that could derail her campaign. Would Cole like to be the one to break the story?Cole sees a clear road to his goal, but theres a problem. Laurels history is entangled with his own, and he must decide if the story that could make his career is worth the price hed have to pay. Can Cole and Laurel find forgiveness and turn their hidden past into a hopeful futureand somehow keep it all off the record?