Ex-Navy SEAL Stone Pressfield has a bad feeling about the proposed church missions trip to Manila, Philippines. The college-age church group plans to go to Manila and help victims of the sex-trafficking industry. Stone's lingering nightmare memories about the sex-trafficking industry have him warning church leaders that the trip is a bad idea. He knows all too well that it could end in violence, and those involved aren't to be trifled with.
When beautiful Wren Morgan goes missing, he has a sick feeling that he knows exactly who took her, and for what purpose. The problem is, Wren isn't just any other student. She's someone he's close to, someone he cares about. Now she's in the hands of cruel, evil men, and Stone is the only one who can rescue her before the unthinkable happens.
Stone Pressfield earned his name. He is silent, stoic and more than just a little self-contained. After being discharged from the Navy SEALS, he finds a bit of solace in Lifebridge – a nondenominational church that is attended mostly by the nearby college students. Stone is keenly aware of one student in particular, Wren Morgan. She makes him feel things that he knows he shouldn’t and he is determined to stay out of her way. But Wren has different plans – she wants to know everything about him. Her gentle mannerisms and easy smile quickly work their way into his heart, so when the church decides that they will take a trip to the Philippines to set up a safe house for those in need, Stone begs Wren not to go because he knows better than anyone of the dangers that lurk in the dark corners of Manilla.
“He’d seen and done things no one in the sanctuary could ever comprehend. That was what made him feel like a fake when he was up there leading worship. He wasn’t a worship leader. He wasn’t a pastor. He wasn’t a good Christian. He was a soldier, and he believed because he’d seen the truth. He’d experienced death and felt the presence of God. He’d witnessed miracles. Bullets that should have taken his life, missing without any explanation. Grenades landing at his feet and not exploding. He’d seen the worst in humanity and dealt death to the scum of the earth. He’d also seen true heroism and courage, seen sacrifice and the power of faith. He’d seen the Gospel change lives. He’d seen acts of kindness transform entire villages. So yeah, he believed.”
“She felt him, felt connected to him. Even now, running for their lives, she could feel him worrying. She knew he was scared for her, worried about her, and that through it all he couldn’t help his desire for her, his need for her. And that was the sweetest thing of all. She wasn’t unaware of how she looked. The guys she’d dated had made it clear they found her beautiful. But with Stone, she felt more than beautiful. Something in the way he looked at her, touched her, kissed her, made love to her— it was like he needed her in a bone-deep way. Like she was his breath, and he’d been denied it for far too long.”