At thirty-one, Ellen Barrett has already won aPulitzer prize. Sadly, though, her skill as a journalist far surpasses her ability to sort out her troubled past, so she's less than eager to return to picturesque Petoskey, Michigan, for her beloved father's funeral. When she most needs comfort, her husband is distant and her siblings antagonisticand the solace an old sweetheart offers is almosttoo much to resist. In the end, going home to theshores of Little Traverse Bay is an emotional andspiritual journey for Ellen and a rediscovery of what is truly important and eternal in her life.
Ellen Barrett is a noted journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of the hometown and love she left behind. She returns, trying to make peace with the people who still live there, with change, and with the future God offers.