Emily Goodman feels trapped in her Connecticut hometown. As the nineteenth century dawns, the country is growing westward, and Emily's sister is moving with husband's family to western New York to cut a new home out of the wilderness. Jonathan Miller is part of that family. When Jonathan goes, Emily's heart will follow. Though no vow has passed between them, Jonathan is the only man ever to stir Emily's heart. Her mother would like to see Emily settle down as a prominent business owner's wife, while her father wishes only to see his daughter happy. Emily simply longs to know where God is calling her. When, at last, Emily has the opportunity to visit New York, will her parents allow her to make the trip? Will Jonathan welcome her presence? Will she ever want to return to her Connecticut home?