Settling in to her new life in Canaan, Colorado, Katie Ann Stoltzfus gives birth to a beautifulbaby boy. The boy's father - her estranged husband - died before their son was born.Despite his infidelities, Ivan was her one true love. Katie mourns his loss, vows never to trustanother man, and resolves to fill the role of both mother and father to her son. Then EliDetweiler arrives in Canaan from Middlefield, Ohio, to attend his niece's wedding. He's beenraising his kids alone in Middlefield since his wife's death fifteen years ago. Now each childis married, so Eli looks forward to living a less-structured life - and eating shoofly pie forbreakfast every morning.