Newlyweds Matthew and Amanda Zook are just settling into their roles as managers of Zook Feed and Tack when an old but beautifully ornate clock is discovered during a store remodel. After examining the clock, they discover a secret that indicates it belonged to the former owner of the building, the Amish clockmaker Clayton Raber, who, fifty years earlier, was arrested for the murder of his wife.
The shocking elegance of Raber’s clock, the love poems about his wife found inside, and the fact that the clock had been hidden, compel Matthew — against Amanda’s wishes — to seek out Raber. Matthew believes he is following God’s will in this. But is the old man still alive? Why did he create something so obviously against Amish standards? Why was the clock hidden? More importantly, is it possible the love poems prove that this Amish clockmaker loved his wife to the community that never believed his claim of innocence?