Carol Taggert knows it's only 5:00 in the morning, but her dog doesn't. He needs to be walked NOW, so Carol a lovely art teacher, is out there on the dark street when she should've been safe at home. That's why she wakes up in a hospital with a gunshot would above her left breast. But Carol, refuses to give into feelings of self-pity. Her experience has given her a whole new appreciation for life - and the sense that life is beginning all over again. Now, Carol finds herself reassessing her relationships, her goals and her ideas about race and identity. And she's not the only one. Lee Grafton, divorced father, honest cop and detective at the scene of the shooting, find himself following up with Carol far beyond the call of duty. The two are irresistibly attracted to each other, but their relationship is fraught with complications. For one thing, Lee is white and Carol is black. And Lee is the one who shot her...