When a young girl is forced to uproot her city life to work on a farm, she finds unexpected happiness . . . and pain - 1955. When nineteen-year-old Tessa Richards' beloved grandmother dies she is forced to live with her Uncle Richard and Aunt Naomi on their farm. However, Deirdre, a bad-tempered girl who was disabled in a riding accident, flourishes under Tessa's guidance . . . and Tessa flourishes under the attention of a friend of Deirdre's father, the distinguished author Giles Lampton. But it is a friendship that will cause heartache as well as happiness, and there are dark clouds on the horizon for them all . . .