At seventeen Tobias Miller smashed his cousin's car into a tree, killing his brother only four hours before he was scheduled to marry Claire Shetler. Unable to live with his father's anger and grief, Tobias left the Amish church and ran away to join the Marines. Twenty-seven years later, Tobias, now called Tom, returns to his hometown of Mt. Hope, Ohio, a wounded Marine helicopter pilot. He ends up renting an apartment over Claire's workshop.
A widowed Amish midwife, Claire is struggling to support her family. When Tom rents her room she does not recognize him. She only sees the money as a godsend, though she is nervous about having a strange man so close by.
As Claire and Tom fight their way through the traumas of the past, they discover the tender mercies God has hidden along the way--including a loving father who has been praying for his prodigal son to come home and a God who can make all things new.