Devastated by the sudden loss of her parents and sister in a natural gas explosion, Ellis Spencer struggles to pick up the pieces and move beyond the nightmare. Her aunt, Agnes Spencer, takes her under her protective wing and vows to always be there for her. That vow is pushed to extreme limits as Ellis is swept off her feet by med student, Simon Garrett. Needing to fill the void left by her family, Ellis rushes into a roller coaster marriage with Simon, watching his career as a heart surgeon soar, while his need for her diminishes. Simon Garrett is instantly attracted to the beautiful Ellis Spencer and her modest inheritance. Both will help him make it to the top, along with his discipline and high goals. His ambition is all-consuming. He has something to prove to himself and the world. And, Simon has secrets that refuse to stay buried. Success and women are his downfall, and Agnes Spencer uses them both to keep him committed to her niece. That is, until his usefulness is over.