Growing up on an Indiana farm, Sheila Davis has one dream, to become a professional writer. But her farmer father sees no reason for his daughter's fanciful thoughts to pull her away from her duties at home. After winning a scholarship, Sheila convinces her dad to let her attend a summer writing course at a nearby school, where she flourishes, thanks in large part to the encouragement of her high school English teacher.
It seems as though fate has smiled on her when a whirlwind romance with upperclassman Dan Gray turns into a proposal of marriage, with a promise to support her educational and professional dreams if she'll delay them and hold a job long enough for him to complete his degree. But Dan's personal agenda sentences Sheila to years of menial work as he climbs the ladder of academia, meanwhile secretly sabotaging her every attempt to become a published author.
The longing never dies, however; and when Sheila gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a shot at getting published, she risks everything and dives in, only to encounter some stunning twists and turns she never anticipated, never prepared for, and never even imagined she'd have to confront.