Nine months after Cal Gilbert and Joseph Moncure admit they belong together all seems to be going well between them and with Cal's company, Rebuild. Then Cal is attacked.
While he recovers, he recalls his past and how he ended up living on the streets before he met Joseph. Meanwhile the hunt is on for Cal's attacker. When the man tries again, Joseph saves Cal from certain death.
Now comes the big question--how can Cal come to grips with the loss of self-worth he's feeling because Joseph protected him when he couldn't do so himself? Will he be able to grasp that love in all its permutations is a two-way street and it really is all right to rely on Joseph's strength, just a Joseph relies on his?