Jean Shields is devastated when the adoption she and her husband were set to complete falls through. Besides her solid-as-a-rock husband, her only solace is her two dogs, her sewing students, and her new friends in the women’s group her mother-in-law has introduced her to.
Alice and Robin want to help Jean, but they don’t know how. Alice is dealing with a pregnancy scare, and Robin is trying to help her oldest daughter navigate collegiate options.
AJ has the best advice, as she’s lived most of her life childless too. But her own baby is requiring more from her than she ever imagined. Eloise provides food and offers Jean a job at her inn though she’s drowning to keep her head above water there. Kelli brings her son to Jean as much as possible, but it’s not until Kristen convinces Jean to spearhead the new Seafaring Girls program in Five Island Cove that Jean starts to find some purpose to her life.
Kristen is consulting on the program, as she ran it successfully many years ago, and her heart is happy as she watches a new generation of girls learn to love the sea while staying safe on it.
But when someone returns to the Cove no one ever expected to see again, old wounds open just as they’d started to heal.