It is May 1949. Claire Winters falls in love at first sight with a sudden visitor-a handsome, dark-haired man. Jack Murphy is a close friend to Claire's brother, Dennis, who died in the war. However, Claire is already in courtship with a man whom her parents have decided for her-Harlan, who is set to take after his father's banking business. "I can't bear to marry without knowing what love is. Mama, I'm sorry. I want to be with this man, at least until he leaves this town." Here begins the first part of a trilogy chronicling a time-transcending romance!