Recovered from a devastating car wreck, Jessamyn Croft finds her professional comeback blocked by Nic Griffin, who has broken off their engagement. Now he even tries to deny her a part in his new play, The Jewel. She wins the part anyway, pinning her comeback hopes on a stage success. But as she struggles to regain her confidence and revive her stage skills, other “accidents” haunt the theater, threatening the production's survival. A European gem dealer, Ivo Craggen, attaches himself to the project as a consultant, but Jessamyn seems to be his real interest. She finds herself unwittingly entangled in an ages-old feud between the Griffin family and this mysterious and magnetic foreigner, a battle focused on a gem called the Ruby Tear. Is she a just a pawn in Craggen's scheme for revenge and the recovery of a lost family treasure, or is she something more? And can Nic escape the curse that afflicts every generation of Griffin men?