In the years after her husband dies, she decides it is finally time to start dating again. With the encouragement of a planned gift from her deceased husband, a Great Dane with a note strapped to it explaining how he didn't want her to be lonely forever and that he wanted her to be happy, she gets out there. In the beginning she goes over all the weird guys she's gone out with but in the end, she meets a businessman named Richard. But will she choose the businessman or the nice guy next door?
Richard isn't all he is cracked up to be. At first, he seems to be very sweet and caring. He takes her out on lovely dates and buys her a very nice necklace, but he's got deep secrets connecting with the necklace. Not to mention her dog, Singer, growls whenever he is around. As the story progresses and more and more is learned about him, Julie becomes scared for her life. Henry, a friend of her dead husband's, tells her to go to their beach house with Mike, the man next door, to stay safe. What they don't know, is Richard already knows they are there.
The story's themes are love, suspicion, anger, obsession, and criticism.