When Leah's husband Benjamin dies suddenly, Benjamin's brother Jake is stunned to learn he is expected to marry Leah to carry on the name. Jake suggests to Leah that they get married and maintain a secretly platonic relationship.
Sarah Russell, the picture-perfect girl-next-door, took a job in Chicago thinking she could escape memories of a tragic accident that she blames herself for. But when she receives some unsettling news, Sarah returns home.
Having run away from a succession of foster homes, a 12-year-old girl resorts to desperate measures to stay with the eccentric retired teacher who's made her feel like she's finally in the place where she belongs.