By Shawn Grady

While hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent will get his personal fireplace group, he thinks he is accomplished what he is continually sought after. yet a lightning-sparked fireplace within the Desolation desert of the Sierra Nevadas has his group in a airplane prior to they could even educate jointly. Pilot Elle Westmore has been referred to as as much as drop the workforce into the guts of the woodland infernos. A unmarried mom of a mysteriously ailing six-year-old, she cannot think her lifestyles getting from now on complex. It does not take lengthy for issues to head very unsuitable, in a short time. A suspicious engine explosion forces Elle to make an emergency touchdown. Silas is ready to parachute to security yet quickly discovers his workforce cannot be relied on. they're hiding whatever, and now Silas is on a race to save lots of himself and Elle from the flames--and from a extra risky possibility: his personal group.

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He shook his head and smiled. “No catch. ” Tomorrow? Madison had her appointment with the specialist at the children’s hospital in Oakland. They couldn’t miss that. How would she find time to drive Maddie to her appointments in the San Francisco Bay Area when she could be looking at a max of twelve hours off at a time on extended fire assignment in Tahoe? That was it then. Elle stood. “You almost had me there, Chief. Madison has a weekly medical appointment in Oakland. We can’t miss those. ” Elle turned and walked to the door.

They swung out and away. Silas pumped at the far end of the pendulum swing, driving feetfirst this time. He sailed sideways with the tech into the crevice and spread his legs, wedging them from top to bottom. He unclipped his carabiner from the man and dumped him onto the back of the stony surface. Silas’s boot tips slipped. He pushed off on the man and swung away. The smoke chugged harder, blackening the air. Ovenlike temperatures cooked all around him. Tingling turned to stinging. Silas swung toward the opening.

She bit her tongue inside her mouth. Weathers parted his lips, sat up straight, and removed his glasses. His shoulders began shaking and a grin spread across his cheeks. He shook his head. “Oh dear. Elle. ” He wiped an eye. Her cheeks flushed. Weathers picked up his glasses. ” She knitted her eyebrows. ” He leaned back in his chair. ” She exhaled. ” Elle cocked her head. ” Weathers replaced his glasses and gathered a small stack of papers in front of him. “Chief, you should know—” He put up a hand.

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