Tom Claasen, a widowed and currently unemployed Sociology professor proposes to and marries Ellen Hansen, a divorcee who has recently opened her own photography studio. They struggle to put their past lives behind them and to try new adventures. Tom moves to the mainland (Seaview) from his island home off Penobscot Bay, Maine and becomes an elementary school teacher, a definite decrease in status and money. Prior to Tom's obtaining employment, Ellen is the sole breadwinner for the first time in her life, which stretches both her money and patience. Later, Ellen becomes pregnant. Ellen and Tom, however do not let money problems and life changes overshadow their relationship, the main thrust of the novel. The reader sees their relationship deepen through romantic dinners for two, a special trip to Tom's island and their shared interest in photography.
This report prepared by Robin Melton