Kristin Scott is wrongfully blamed for the death of her father just prior to his retirement as a Captain with the fire department. Along with being the only female firefighter on her squad, this puts her at odds with the other members of her team and she resigns. To prove herself she tackles the grueling training of smoke jumping. This is a rugged type of firefighter who jumps out of airplanes directly into the flames.
Following in her father Captain Hank Scott's footsteps, Kristin Scott is a member of the Rawlings, Idaho Fire Department. Hank delayed his retirement by one year so that he could nurture his daughter's skills on the job. Despite Hank being highly respected within the department, Kristin slyly does not receive the same treatment, solely because she is a woman, the only female in the department. Her gender is an issue most specifically with Trip Crandall, who will take over Hank's job following his retirement. On what is his last day of work on what would probably have been his last call regardless, Hank perishes in a house fire. Despite Kristin managing to save a child's life in that fire, many blame her for Hank's death solely because she was in the house with him. As it is standard protocol, Kristin is placed on two weeks administrative leave pending an investigation into Hank's death. A further incident with Trip leads to an additional six week unpaid suspension. To prove to the male dominated firefighting world that she has what it takes to make it in the profession, Kristin knows she has to be better than the best, which is why she, during her eight week down time, decides to apply and train to become a smoke jumper, known to be the most demanding and dangerous job within the profession, and one where Trip never made it. She gets as rough a ride through that process, from among others Ray Kulhanek, one of the smoke jumpers, who nonetheless is attracted to her, and from the system itself which she believes discriminates against women. Through the process, Kristin will face what may be collectively the most life threatening situation of her so far short career, which may have an abrupt end if she can't save people in harm's way and if she herself doesn't make it out alive.
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