After Sharon and Sam made love in his bedroom at the ranch house, Sharon awoke and contemplated pivotal events from her past. As Sam slept, Sharon, dressed in his shirt, shared her thoughts and memories in a letter. Sharon admitted that she couldn't tell Sam her story face-to-face.
Sharon recalled the early days with Nick. Sharon described an overwhelming attraction to Nick and wrote that she had known that she wanted to be with him. Sharon described the fateful day she'd ended her relationship with her boyfriend, Matt, who had brutally raped her. Sharon wrote that she feared her life had been over after the attack. She explained that she had later realized the violent incident had marked the beginning of Nick's repeated efforts to rescue her from harm's way.
In a flashback, Sharon remembered Nick staunchly defending her after Matt announced that Sharon was not a virgin. Matt had told Nick about Sharon's past involvement with an older man. Nick was hurt and felt betrayed when Sharon admitted that she'd foolishly believed she'd been in love with the man, Frank, who'd fathered her child. Sharon recalled crying that she'd given up the baby for adoption after realizing that Frank didn't love her or the baby.
After Nick had accepted Sharon's apology and the couple made plans to marry, Sharon wrote that the secreted rape had returned to haunt her. Nick, hurt and enraged, had been determined to make Matt pay for the attack. Nick had wound up in trouble after he went to Matt's apartment and found the man dead of a gunshot wound. Sharon remembered Nikki angrily blaming her for Nick's predicament. After Nick was released from jail, Sharon explained that he'd vowed to take care of her and love her forever.
Though Nikki hadn't supported the union, Sharon wrote that her marriage to Nick had seemed like a fairytale. She wrote about the joyous day Noah had been born. Sharon noted that her life had seemed perfect after the daughter she'd given up, Cassie, later became a member of the Newman family. Sharon described her happy life with Nick as a beautiful, peaceful scene in a snow globe. Sharon sadly noted that her blissful world had been shattered after Cassie was gravely injured in a car crash. Barely able to speak, Cassie, on her deathbed, had told her parents that they would have another little girl someday.
After Cassie's death, Nick had withdrawn and shut Sharon out of his life. Sharon wrote, "Nick couldn't save me or himself. He abandoned me." Tears streamed down Sharon's face when she remembered taunting her estranged husband about his affair. After Sharon had seen Phyllis purchase lingerie at a boutique, she had bought the same bra-and-panty set. Sharon, wearing nothing but the lingerie, had pressed Nick to tell the truth. Nick had admitted he was having an ongoing affair with Phyllis. Sharon noted that her marriage to Nick had crumbled.
Sharon wrote that she had later married Jack, and Nick had married Phyllis. Sharon cheerily recalled spending time with Nick in Paris. She joyfully remarked that he'd rescued her from a dark place. Cassie's predication had come true after Sharon became pregnant with Nick's daughter. The joy was short-lived, Sharon wrote, after Adam took the newborn and gave her to Ashley. Adam, Sharon explained, had been a dark, mysterious man with a demeanor opposite that of Nick's. She wrote that Adam had seemed to understand her in a way Nick never could. Adam had seemed to believe that she could take care of herself and had interacted with her as a partner and friend instead of a savior. Sharon maintained that with Adam, she had no longer felt like the vulnerable rape victim waiting to be rescued.
Sharon explained that Adam had later admitted that his actions had accidentally caused Ashley to lose her baby. Adam had told Sharon about arranging a complicated ruse to make Ashley believe she was still pregnant. When Ashley had thought she was in labor, Adam had insisted that he'd been forced to give Sharon's baby to his father's wife. Sharon admitted in her letter that she had never fully understood why she was attracted to Adam, but he'd proclaimed that she somehow made him want to be a better person. Sharon wrote that everyone had tried to tear the couple apart, and in the end, had succeeded when Adam was arrested for Skye's supposed murder.
Sharon wrote that Victor had separated her from Adam by orchestrating his arrest. Sharon explained that Victor had managed to dupe authorities into believing that Skye was dead, and had planted evidence implicated Adam. Nick, Sharon continued, had dealt her a most devastating blow after filing for sole custody of Faith. Sharon credited Adam for instilling in her the strength to fight. Sharon wrote about her arrest and trial after Skye's accidental death in Hawaii. Adam had convinced Sharon to escape and run away in order to avoid a lengthy prison sentence. Sharon explained that she'd reluctantly agreed to follow the plans Adam had set in motion.
Sharon wrote that Adam's plan seemed to have succeeded until her car and jewelry were stolen. Sharon wrote that after she was carjacked, she heard that the woman who'd taken her car had been killed and burned beyond recognition. Though Sharon affirmed that she knew Adam would be distraught, she wrote that she realized everyone thought she was dead after her engagement ring was discovered with the deceased woman's charred remains. After Sharon recalled seeking shelter in Sam's barn, she wrote that she had been concerned about her mom, her children, and Nick. Sharon concluded that her mother, her children, and Nick could lean on each other.
Sharon added that Adam would be alone, and she worried what would become of him without her encouragement and support. Sharon explained that had she ended up in prison, her family would have suffered. Sharon wrote that she'd escaped and remained hidden in hopes that her family would move forward. Sharon thanked Sam for giving her a second chance. Sharon explained that she had felt compelled to tell Sam the truth. After Sharon finished writing her letter, she gathered the sheets together, and then she ripped them into pieces. Sharon clutched the torn pieces of paper in one hand as she picked up her borrowed white sundress in the other.
At the offices of Restless Style, Nick found an older issue of the magazine titled "Sharon Newman: Damsel in Distress?" In a flashback, he thought about Sharon at Skye's murder trial. Sobbing, Nick recalled Sharon's words to him after he'd decided not to allow a visit with Faith in the courtroom. Sharon had cried that she might never see her infant daughter before being locked behind bars.
Nick later recalled memories of Sharon as he lovingly admired pictures in a photo album. He smiled when he gazed at a photo of Sharon and Cassie. Nick found Cassie's heart pendant attached to her photo page and recalled the young girl's excitement the day she'd learned that the initial of her new last name had been engraved on the necklace. Nick flung the magazine to the floor. Noah arrived, embraced his father, and said, "I miss her, too."
In his suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club, Adam tirelessly viewed video footage stored on each of the data cards Phyllis had taken back from Thailand. After Adam found and played a video snippet of Sharon, lounging on a bed and playfully teasing him, he said aloud to himself, "Nothing is the same without you." Adam sat for a while on the edge of his bed and thought about Sharon. He rose, walked to a table, and picked up Sharon's engagement ring. A tear rolled down Adam's cheek as he fondly remembered Sharon. In a flashback, Adam recalled telling Sharon that she, like his mother, had believed he was capable of being a good person.