NOT MINE TO HOLD is a heart warming romance with mysterious happenings that takes you from the shores of California to the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru. A jealous lover, a scheming scoundrel, and a Peruvian Indian complicate Tessa Darling's life already tormented by the loss of her parents in a plane crash. Tessa, a beautician, visits the Mescalero casino where she meets Pedros De Salos, a Peruvian Indian and dealer in the casino. While vacationing in Peru, Tessa again meets Pedro, who is acting as a tour guide while on a mission to bury his mother's ashes in the family plot at Machu Piccu. Who is this mysterious person who looms outside in the shadows each night, watching a flickering candle in Tessa's window? And what human could maliciously kill an animal without justification? When Tessa exited the plane in Roswell, she knew immediately that she had plunged into another world.