With a newly framed certificate in teaching, beautiful dark haired Isabel Vega is alone in the world and only weeks away from being completely broke. Hiding under oversize dowdy garments to be taken seriously as she looks for a position in the city of Madrid, Isabel’s smoldering sexuality, so close to the surface, does not escape the practiced eye of a man named Xander.
Incredibly wealthy and at the top of a list of only five people in the world with very specialized technical skills, Xander is driven by a family tragedy to take vulnerable young women under his wing and educate them.
With no job prospects in her field, it seems that Isabel’s only option is to return to the grocery store where she worked as a student. In a twist of fate, Isabel enters into an unorthodox contract with a handsome mysterious stranger she knows only as Xander, and becomes his fourth student.
The contract stipulates that Isabel must follow his instructions without question for a period of one full year. She has been warned that though they will be as intimate, as two people can be, she must never think of him as her boyfriend or expect him to demonstrate any affection outside of their sessions.
On their last night together, Xander’s star pupil asks him if he would make love to her the way a man makes love to a woman he is in love with. Could he pretend this last time that it is like that between them? Xander agrees … Only, he’s not pretending. Xander has broken his own cardinal rule.
Morning finds Isabel alone in bed. For Xander, walking away from Isabel is one of the hardest things he has ever had to do. Still guilt-ridden over the preventable death of someone dear to him, Xander does not believe that he has a right to happiness … And, there are other young women in need of empowerment.
Then a chance encounter with a psychic, gives Xander a message from beyond the grave that sets him free … and pushes him to find Isabel.
But Isabel is no longer his student and has been living in Bordeaux for over three years. Xander has been tracking her whereabouts, but beyond that, knows nothing about her new life. Is she much changed? Will she be receptive to the man who left her the way he did? Is she in love with someone else? Did she ever love him back?