In Willow Springs nothing much ever happens, but when the new folks move in next door to Sara Sellers, all bets are off. What Sara doesnat know about the strange family can hurt her. Saraas writing a book, widowed, too young to be retired, and is so lonely she even catches herself dreaming of romance like she found at eighteen. She thinks of Stuart Grayson, the only man she was ever in love with, who is on his way back to town to look her up. Over time, Saraas writing and dreaming become entangled with whatas going on next door. Although Sara tries to reason away whatas happening, thereas a part of her that says the woman and two little children next door canat wait, the man is killing them; and another part of her that says Stuart just might be telling the truth about why he broke her heart.