It's 1889 in Juneau, Alaska, and sixteen-year-old Luba Engstrom is sure she's old enough to make her own decisins. Though Anna, Erik, and their three children are contented living in Juneau, Luba wonders if there isn't more to life than this small northern city. Then she falls in love with strong, silent Nicholas. Luba is soon convinced that she must marry this man, whether her parents approve or not. But Nicholas is only visiting Juneau and plans to return to his home in the Aleutian Islands. When Luba impulsively runs away with him, the consequences affect not only the family she leaves behind but also her own happines and faith.