Leslie Ruskin just purchased the historic Midlands Building, which,like her life, needs renovation. Starting over in a new town after a devastating divorce, Leslie wants a fresh start for her and her five-year-old daughter. Still, standing on the sidewalk looking up at the seedy brownstone in Butler, Pennsylvania's reviving downtown, she wonders if she's done the right thing. Her plan is to live in one of the building's second-floor apartments, and rent out the first floor,a large commercial space with stunning architectural details that was once a locksmith's shop. But it needs work. A lot of work.
Jack Kenyon, a master carpenter, is starting over too. Beginning his own construction business, he seems to be the perfect man for the project, especially with his experience in historic restoration. But haunted by loneliness, his past failures, and the lost relationship with his own young daughter, Jack finds it difficult to maintain his sobriety.