Max Appleton and his mother Celia are on the run — hiding from an abusive father and husband who’s also a notoriously bad pack leader. When Max hit puberty and it became obvious he’d never become an alpha wolf, his father turned the brunt of his anger towards his inferior son and his beta wolf wife for producing him. Max and Celia find sanctuary in the garden cottage at Holly Court, the sprawling estate where Celia’s oldest friend lives with her pack alpha husband, three daughters, and teenaged son Jonah.
Jonah Spellman has what seems like the perfect life. His family is close, his dad is respected by their whole pack, and he’s been groomed to take over for as long as he can remember. Everything is set, his whole life is planned, and Jonah works hard to be exactly what everyone expects him to be. He knows the last thing he needs is to be saddled with the runaway son from a bad pack. Or to find his heart and soul in the eyes of a boy who’s spent the past few years trying to simply stay alive.