Ripped from her wealthy, secure childhood home in Massachusetts, sixteen-year-old Billy Gray finds herself pioneering on the Florida frontier in post Civil War Fort Myers.
Billy is plagued with questions concerning her parents’ reasons for the family’s move, but no one is willing to offer truthful answers. Just as Billy wills herself to be content, her world is torn apart again. Her parents have arranged for her to marry a man she barely knows and does not trust. The following months are a test of Billy’s will to love, forgive, and search for the answers behind her parents’ strange behavior. When the truth comes to light, she must decide how to go on, despite the disillusionment of her childhood.