For Taylor Thompson, the military was in her blood. She grew
up going from base to base, never making any real friends or setting down
roots. Her father and brothers were all in the military. Taylor knew of
no other life. After enlisting, Taylor was sent to Iraq where she came
face to face with the brutalities of war and death.
After completing her first tour of duty, she came to Pine Valley to deliver
a silver heart to her comrade Dr. Frankie Hubbard. But Frankie did not
want any reminders of his past life. Secretly, Taylor was nursing the
traumas of her time in Iraq too; not only her physical injuries that left
her unable to serve, but the mental anguish that consumed her thoughts.
She had saw her fiancée, Brot Monroe, die on the front lines. Her
mental condition manifested itself when she killed Randi Morgan’s
former pimp, Fletcher, at the Bella launch party.
Jake Martin and Taylor could not seem to escape each other. After renting
the same apartment, and running the same wooded trail, the two struck
up an acquaintance. Jake’s girlfriend, Amanda Dillon, saw there
was something more than friendship blossoming between Jake and Taylor.
Jake, like Taylor, saw the brutalities of war on the front lines of the
conflict in Sudan.
During the mayhem at Pine Valley Hospital after the tornado, Zach Slater
accidentally pushed Taylor down a flight of stairs. Taylor was forced
to face the reality of never being on active duty again. Jake paid special
attention to his new patient. Both could no longer deny their growing
feelings for each other. But before their romance could go very far, Taylor
learned Brot was alive and in Pine Valley.