When tragedy befalls the village of Candlewood, Emma Garrett graciously opens the doors of her boardinghouse to those in need. But two guests prove so disagreeable, Emma wonders how she can turn the other cheek; and what will become of the rest of her guests. Adding to the turmoil are the legal problems threatening the title to her house. And when Zachary Breckenwith makes a most surprising and troubling announcement, Emm'as once sure foundation is in danger of crumbling. In a season of trial and uncertainty, Emma must discover anew the source of her strength.