The worst crime perpetrated against an Alpha is to molest his mate. Gabriel Martin, coming home from his pack territory in Atlanta is stuck in a traffic jam down the block from his penthouse in his changing SOHO neighborhood. His beautiful apartment is at Tne Sullivan and down at Twenty-five is a fourth-floor walk-up where teacher Kane Brady resides.
Gabriel, a loup garou council Alpha, was on his way home to the penthouse he kept in Manhattan, from Atlanta and his Southeastern United States territory. There is a terrible traffic jam on Sullivan Street, and Gabriel decides the walk the rest of the block to his penthouse. As he exits his limousine, he encounters a small human, Kane Brady, molested by five men, who lay bleeding in the snow with his clothes in tatters.
Instead of just dialing 911, Gabriel, against the protests of his driver and his Beta runs to help the human. He finds the human is his Mate, Kane Brady, a teacher at McClellan High School molested for the crime of refusing to give a token passing grade to a two basketball stars. The molesters are human and therefore, Gabriel can only get relief for his Mate through the human justice system which is sometimes neither just or fair. How can Gabriel expect intimacy from his Mate when his only experience with intimacy is assault.
The Alpha Mates have their work cut out for them, helping to heal Kane and convincing a very frighten Mate to allow his Alpha physical intimacy.