Ana Fairfax is a stranger to the lonesome Iowa farm where she has gone to live after the death of her stepdaughter. Still a beautiful young woman, she struggles to raise her late stepdaughter's child in a farmhouse filled with danger . . .
For there is Esther, the child's crazed aunt, with her dark secrets and painful memories seeming to lurk in every corner. And there is Owen, the boy's father, a silent, brooding Norwegian and the master of the house -- and a man who is awakening new passions in Ana -- as well as a daring new dream.