For Ambassador Susan Slade it was nothing but a routine business trip. She wasn't looking for love nor did she think she'd ever find it. Her work helping others was enough. She was content. But all of that changes after a shuttle crash when she's forced to work with hunky Japanese-Kirillian bounty hunter Noriko. Dependant on his strength for her survival, Susan comes to realize that not every bad man is as bad as he appears to be.