I help people who are broken inside. I ask questions, and listen carefully to the answers. Years of careful listening have taught me a lot. They make poor choices, and end up in lots of pain. The movie is actually about a sick, dangerous relationship filled with physical and emotional abuse.
Christian is upset to find that Ana has kept her maiden name, Steele, at work. After some resistance, Ana relents and changes her name at work to Grey after realizing how important it is to Christian. While Christian is on a business trip in New York, Anastasia goes out for a drink with longtime friend, Kate Kavanagh, doing so against Christian's wishes. Returning home, she finds that her former boss, Jack Hyde, who was fired for attempting to sexually assault Ana, has been apprehended by the security staff. Duct tape is found in his pocket and in his van there are tranquilizers and a ransom note—all indications that he intended to kidnap her. Angry with Ana for defying him, Christian cuts short his New York business trip and returns to Seattle.
Her best friend is Katherine "Kate" Kavanagh, who writes for the college newspaper. Due to an illness, Kate is unable to interview year-old Christian Grey, a successful and wealthy Seattle entrepreneur, and asks Ana to take her place. Ana finds Christian attractive as well as intimidating. As a result, she stumbles through the interview and leaves Christian's office believing it went poorly. Ana does not expect to meet Christian again, but he appears at the hardware store where she works.
At precisely the same time someone had given me my own Holy Bible to read and study for the first time, a Scientologist came a knockin at my door to give me one of their books. Had never heard of them, found the book quite curious. Crossroads.