Celine de la Roche, the tough and attractive owner of a  New York publishing house, is suddenly struck by a potentially fatal illness. 

No longer in control and aware of the envy and hostility of the nursing staff, Celine's only comfort is Caleb Winter, the brilliant and charismatic surgeon in charge of her case.

But does Caleb see her as a beautiful woman or merely as a fascinating medical problem?

And can he negotiate a path through the bitter in-fighting of his ambitious colleagues, the ruthless greed of a pharmaceutical conglomerate and the various passions and preoccupations of his own staff, to perform the controversial operation that can save Celine's life?

First published in 1990