Park ranger Vickie Harris loves living in the nation's capital. She loves working at the Wahsington Monument. But she's never been in love. In fact, her personal life is non-existent. On her thirtieth birthday, shy Vickie impulsively promises her friends that she'll ask out the next eligible man she meets. Professor Thatcher Torrey has had enough heartache to last forever. Through with love, he's spent years building his life around work. So when his longtime rival sets out to make an historic find, Thatcher is hot on his heels. But he can't do the research alone. Intellectual Vickie is the perfect research partner, and he'll stop at nothing to convince her to help him with his quest. Just as these polar opposites form a bond, a secret from Thatcher's past pulls them apart. Will they go their separate ways?