Kate Murphy first encounters Jake Bloom as her patient in a hospital emergency room, but it is only later, when she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach that she is forever changed. Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be. Beneath Jake’s brilliance lies the menace of his profound and trecherous mental illness that Kate has yet to discover. Fire & Water is Kate’s story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death.
Aspiring surgeon Kate Murphy has always played it safe. When she meets artist Jake Bloom, however, she ignores her best friend Mary's warnings and falls head over heels for him. She ultimately realizes that Mary K was right, but by then she's in too deep to walk away.