College student Cornelia Copley is called home just before commencement to care for her sick mother. When she arrives home, she is stunned to learn her family has moved from their comfortable home to a plain, frame house with threadbare furnishings.
She also learns that her family has scrimped and sacrified to keep her in college. Cornelia bravely assumes the new role of caregiver and homemaker. She struggles with her desire for a brighter, broader world even as she learns to bake bread, to cook, and to clean.
More than her family's physical surroundings need care and repair. A chance meeting with a kind elderly woman ends with Cornelia meeting the woman's son, Arthur. As the story progress, Cornelia and Arthur move not only closer together but find their way to the Christian faith.
This report prepared by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy