Tess, a nurse has fallen in love with Vincent, a doctor. But a weekend girl’s getaway with Tess’s best friend, changes the course of Tessa’s life. She finds herself married to Henry Kraft, a cold and secretive man who seems to have no interest in Tess at all. At the end of World War II, there are lingering financial and racial tensions in the small North Carolina town where the couple settles down. And while the locals love Henry and dismiss Tess, she is the one who steps up when a polio epidemic sweeps the little community. Diane Chamberlain is an exquisite storyteller and she brings a period of history most of us know little about. Oh, the things we take for granted in our modern lives….