A victim of rape, 16-year-old Scottlyn Rich is disowned by her family when she refuses to abort the child she carries. Determined to raise her baby, she has no idea how to handle the obstacles ahead; she knows only that giving her daughter, Mercie, a chance to live is the most important thing she'll ever do. Widowed schoolteacher Diana Kensington lost everything she held dear the day her husband's plane fell out of the sky. Four hundred and thirty nine days later, she still has no answer to her daily prayer: "What now, God?"
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College student Scottlyn Rich has overcome tragedy - and moved on. She's about to celebrate her daughter's first birthday when she receives news that the young man who raped her has died in prison. Grieving mother Penny Nelson believes there is only one way to assuage her grief - take the baby and raise her. After all, Mercie is all she has left of her son.
Scottlyn Rich is 67 days from her wedding to Grant Weber. When the conversation she hoped would bring reconciliation with her estranged father turns to disaster, she is left adrift and feeling more orphaned than ever. Until her mother walks through the door. Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn's trust. He can't believe how easily she's willing to accept her mom's excuses about where she's been for the past 17 years. There's something off about Jocelyn Rich and he's determined to find answers.