Jack could not sink lower than working as a rent-a-cop at the department store during Christmas, but thanks to the leg injury he sustained in Iraq, his preferred careers are closed to him. The only bright spot of the job is watching Melinda, the vivacious brunette behind the cosmetics counter. When she takes off after a shoplifter, needlessly endangering herself, he threatens to take her over his knee and, to his surprise, finds she is amenable to his punishment. Enamoured with the dominant but wounded warrior who comes to her rescue, Melinda lets Jack take her in hand, but finds herself repeatedly shut off emotionally. Not understanding it results from self-loathing due to his injury rather than a lack of interest, she writes him off. But when real danger threatens, Jack steps in again. Can he reveal his true feelings this time? And if so, will her submission to his discipline help him feel like a man again?