He has no idea where these visions come from or why, but he believes that he must be some sort of God-sent guardian angel with a heavenly gift.
Reporter Holly Thorne was in Portland to write a less than exciting piece on a school teacher who has recently published a book of poetry, full of poems which Holly finds are pure transcendental garbage – but such is Holly’s lot in life. She is a fine writer but is failing at her job because she is filled with too much integrity and compassion to be a good reporter. As she is leaving she witnesses Jim rescuing the child from the drunk driver, and felt there was something fishy in Jim’s explanations of how he started running for the child before seeing or hearing the van coming. She discovers there have been 12 last-minute rescues reported over the last three months in other newspapers by a mysterious Good Samaritan named Jim with blue eyes.
Holly is intrigued by Jim and his intense but cold blue eyes – eyes which burn with a passionate, cold fire, hence the novel’s title. The story evolves at a break-neck pace and becomes as intense for the reader as those eyes.