A devastating tale of love, redemption and family secrets, set in the 1960s in British Columbia's Cascade mountains. Everything changed for 15-year-old Natalie Ward the summer that River came to work on her family's dairy farm. At fifteen, Natalie Ward believes her life is perfect. Growing up on a dairy farm in the mountains of British Columbia less than two miles from the American border, she knows little of the outside world. But she knows family. A family so close and loving that they are the envy of the nearby town of Atwood. Natalie cherishes her position as the only daughter of the beautiful Nettie Ward -- pride of the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary -- and the town's milkman, Gus Ward. She adores her three brothers, especially the eldest, Boyer, whom she idolizes with a childlike worship. Like her mother, Natalie believes their lives are blessed. Everything changes one hot July afternoon in 1966 when a long-haired stranger walks up the winding dirt road to their door. The arrival of this soft-spoken Vietnam War resistor sets catastrophic events in motion that will leave relationships shattered and Natalie separated in unimaginable ways from the family she loves. Thirty-five years later, Natalie receives a late-night phone call from her now-estranged brother Boyer. Their mother is dying. Torn between her love for her mother and her fear of the past, Natalie returns to the town she has spent her adult live avoiding. But before Natalie can at last come to terms with all that has happened, she must confront the secrets and horrors she has long tried to forget.