Maddie is a driven F.B.I. forensic researcher following a detailed life plan, until divorce turns her world, and plan, upside down. In an attempt to get her life back, she begins a research project at North Branch Correctional Facility with the determination that the success of the project, and subsequent promotion, is all that she needs to be happy. Enter Jonah, her handsome but off-limits research subject, is serving a thirty-eight-year sentence for armed robbery and assault. Unable to keep herself from doing the worst thing she could do, falling in love with Jonah, Maddie’s life unravels, forcing her on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. Through love, loss, and one spontaneous trip, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a happy life.