A family's only hope to heal their shattered lives is that love is stronger than grief. When they meet in the 1930s, Doris and Tup's love is immediate. They marry quickly and Doris commits to the only life Tup ever wanted: working the Senter family farm, where his parents and grandparents and great-grandparents are buried under the old pines. Their lives follow the calming rhythms of the land-chores in the cow barn, haying the fields, tending their gardens-and in this they find immeasurable joy. Soon their first child, Sonny, is born and Doris and Tup understand they are blessed. More children arrive-precocious, large-hearted Dodie and quiet, devoted Beston-but Doris and Tup take nothing for granted. They are grateful every day for the grace of their deep bonds to each other, to their family, and to their bountiful land. As they hold fast to this contentment, Doris is uneasy, and confesses, "We can't ever know what will come." When an unimaginable tragedy turns the family of five into a family of four, everything the Senters held faith in is shattered. The family is consumed by a dark shadow of grief and guilt. Slowly, the surviving Senters must find their way to forgiveness-of themselves and of each other.