Originally a flat-lander, I moved to British Columbia as a child, then to the coastal areas as an adult. The island became my home for the better part of 30+ years, offering many beautiful vistas and delightful oceanic retreats, a wonderful place to raise a family.
Nathan is involved in extracurricular activities he doesn't wish Emma involved in much less become aware of. To protect her and keep her safe, he must explain his involvement and leave it up to Emma to decide where she stands.
They become romantically involved and he assists her in running to ground, the perp responsible for killing an innocent young woman. The deaths don't stop there.