The story starts by giving a glimpse into the life of Ryley Halliwell. She is a lone wolf who prefers to avoid the complexities of pack life. As a single mother, Ryley places a high value on both her career and Channing’s safety. She is a strong, independent woman with a secret past. Ryley ran away from pack life seventeen years ago, and ever since then, she has carefully crafted a life that allows her to avoid its entanglements.
Ryley has carefully constructed her world, but a twist of fate is about to disrupt her routine. Her boss, Mr. Isaac Miller, unexpectedly involves her in a web of intrigue and responsibilities. Miller, a mysterious figure, requests Ryley’s assistance in investigating possible fraud within the Orion constellation group.
Ryley is nervous about reentering the world she has avoided. It’s easy to see why she would be hesitant; she clearly values her independence and is understandably wary of how joining the pack might affect her relationship with her son. Her background is not a blank slate, but rather a tapestry of hidden traumas and anxieties.