The death of Dr. Mara O'Neill takes everyone in the town of Tucker completely by surprise. No one understands why this beloved physician would take her own life - or how her friends and colleagues could have missed her desperate state.
All three of her partners in a thriving pediatric practice are devastated by the tragic event. Dr. Paige Pfeiffer is the first to have to cope with the rippling effects of her best friend's death. Upon the unexpected arrival of the young Indian baby her colleague had been in the process of adopting, she impulsively volunteers her services as an emergency foster mother. Her life is further complicated by the headmaster of the boarding school where she serves as a track coach. Noah Perrine seems to delight in unsettling her any chance he gets. Just as her attempts to understand what happened to Mara lead to an agonizing realization of the limits of friendship, her growing feelings for Noah finally give her the courage to open her heart to the possibilities of both marital and maternal love.