Can an ordinary life leave an extraordinary legacy? In 1976, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton accepts a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries--a secret that will change Allison's life forever.
But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley's toddling daughter as though she were her own. Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others--some she knows and others whom she never meets--brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.
From teen bride to grandmother, Allison's life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman's life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.