As an otter shapeshifter, Verity has never fit in to the village she grew up in. Trusting no one, she keeps to herself until she meets a man who watches birds. Gareth is a traumatized submissive with a dark past who has decided he's better off alone. It hardly seems like a good place to begin a love affair. Gareth wants Verity to dominate him, but the idea frightens her. She needs Gareth to understand her dual nature, but is it more than his rational mind can accept?