The three friends who had planned to be the schoolmarms in the three neighboring towns of Thunder Ridge, Beeder's Cove, and Blackberry Hill now must find other ways to earn their keep, But all this distraction doesn't stop Audrey's fascinations with the widower Eli Gray. Her feelings continue to grow, especially now that she's started to take care of Eli's son during his grandmother's sickness. But Eli had built a wall around his heart. After losing his wife while he was away at war, he's never forgive himself and does not seem interested in opening his life up to anyone new. But as the town sags under the weight of water and illness, they must come to depend on each other in ways they never thought possible. Will Audrey be able to convince Eli that he deserves more than a solitary existence?