Hot summer passion. Cold-blooded fear. When Christy Petrino discovers that her fiance, Michael DePalma, and the law firm where she works are linked to the mob, she breaks her engagement and quits her job. But no one walks away from the DePalma family so easily. Christy’s freedom comes on one condition: She must deliver a locked briefcase to a motel on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island. Her late-night drop-off is only the beginning of a tide of terror: In the shadows of the Outer Banks, Christy senses she is being followed…and suddenly she is a witness in a police investigation of a serial killer known as the “Beachcomber” — who targets young women who all resemble “her.” Handsome surfer Luke Rand offers the best kind of shelter in his strong arms. But as their sensual attraction flares, Christy hears warning bells telling her “if you want to survive a hot and deadly summer, trust no one.