If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that women was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her difficult, charismatic mother that "The Family" was the world's most vital entity - and its maintenance would be Molly's special talent. Molly did her appointed work well, but she quickly sees that family - even one seemingly cast in stone - can change without warning. Her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta family scatters to the four winds. In a heartbeat Molly is set adrift.
Devastated by her husband's lies, haunted by dreams of her mother, and so full of anger that it frightens her, Molly takes refuge by visiting friends on Martha's Vineyard. The only way to come to terms with the cataclysm is to figure out who she really is - she has been a dutiful daughter, a perfect wife, a nurturing mother, and the sustainer of her now crumbled family. The very different world of the Vineyard hastens her changing identity, and Molly decides to stay on after the season, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond. Her duties include acting as caretaker to her bitter, aging landlady, as well as looking after the woman's ill and estranged son, Dennis. If Molly thinks herself angry with the world, she meets her match in Dennis, who does not want Molly's or anyone else's help and feels no need for gratitude. Their relationship settles into an uneasy truce.
As Molly's stay up island widens the distance between herself and her old life in Atlanta, she receives news that her newly widowed father is suffering back home. Without hesitation she invites him to stay with her at the cottage, and the shape of her new life is cast. Keeping watch over Dennis, her landlady, her father, and a pair of crotchety old swans who live on the pond, Molly at last lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become a part of a strange - and very real - new one. As the long Vineyard winter closes in, Molly braces herself to search for renewal, identity, and strength until the healing spring finally comes.
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