The day that Annie Colwater's only child travels abroad to study, her husband informs her that he is leaving her for a younger woman. Overwhelmed by this news and by enormous feelings of inadequacy, Annie embarks on her own journey to find peace and self-fulfillment in her hometown, Mystic Lake, Washington. There she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, who is suffering his own loss after the death of his wife. Also in desperate need of healing is Nick's 6-year-old daughter, Izzie. Together, the forlorn trio learns to live--and love--again.