Abby Mason is about to be married to Jake and part of that package involves being stepmother to Emma. Abby has already fallen in love with the little girl. While on a quiet, foggy walk on the beach Abby is momentarily distracted and when she turns around Emma is gone. The book tells the story of what something like that does to an individual, a relationship and the community in general. The most heart wrenching part of this book is the total despair that the author makes us feel for Abby as she suffers through having made one lapse in judgment that held the most severe of consequences.