Kate O'Neal, fresh from graduate school, and traveling abroad for the first time, is in Ecuador. She and a group of friends have spent three weeks wandering the countryside. When her friends return home, she decides to stay behind, relishing her new-found freedom.
Mistaken for a wealthy young heiress who regularly vacations in Mano de Oro, Kate is abducted. Thrown into a cell in the basement of a dilapidated barn, she is held captive as her kidnappers try to arrange for ransom.
When the kidnappers discover they have the wrong woman, the leader decides it is time to cut their losses and eliminate unfinished business. Only the compassion of one kidnapper offers her the hope of escape as he vows to find help. He seeks help from an unusual ally, Juan Ricardo Ayala, the man set-up to take the blame for the kidnapping.
Thankfully gifted with a survivor's instinct, Kate meets challenge after challenge as she endures imprisionment, a forced marriage, and the dangers of the night jungle. Through it all, there is a calling, a distant calling for her to survive, and a distant call to love. Kate's adventure is only just beginning.