Faith, family and fellowship -- it's the Amish way. But ever since Grossmammi passed last year, Sarah Beth's heart aches to feel whole again. She knows prayers cannot bring her grandmother back ... or her parents who were killed in a farming accident 12 years ago. It is the longing to have her youngest sisters rejoin Sarah Beth and their other siblings, Cora and Toby, in Hickory Meadows that pushes her to work so hard at selling her vegetables and handicrafts day after day.
All she needs to do is finish the shop next to the house and cater to the busloads of tourists who crisscross Lancaster County, Pa., throughout the summer. Then she will have enough money to bring the girls home. Nothing is going to stop Sarah Beth from getting her family back together! That is until Elias Stutzman, the attractive new buggy maker, moves in next door. And he's brought more than his hand tools to Hickory Meadows.
Unsure if she's ready to set down roots with the church district's local beekeeper Seth Eichner, Leah Kauffman instead finds herself going out on a limb and befriending the local Englisch botany professor and recent widower, James Holden, and his 5-year-old daughter, Abby. Leah understands the difficult heartache that the young child -- who hasn't spoken a word in over a year -- is experiencing. Leah lost her own mother at a very tender age, and even now she feels the loss of her mother as strongly as she did all those years ago. Is that why Leah is so drawn to the little girl ... or could it the growing bond between Leah and James that has her spending more time with the outsiders and dreaming about a forbidden life she knows she must resist?