As young widow Hannah struggles to adapt to Amish customs, she encounters William Brand, who works in the furniture shop next door. William struggles too and feels isolated from the community because of his stutter. Having studied speech therapy in college, Hannah offers to help William improve his speech, and slowly their timid friendship blossoms into deep affection. Still, Hannah is aware that the barriers between them are great. Her late husband, who came from a long line of military men, would object to Amish pacifist beliefs. How can she raise her son in a community that her deceased husband would almost certainly object to?