Single parent Peter Webster is worried about his teenager daughter who seems to be heading down a dangerous path. Having went through this with his wife, an alcoholic who he sent away in order to protect his child, he is concerned that Rowan will follow in her mother’s destructive footsteps.
The story then goes back to when Webster was in his twenties working as an EMT in a small town in Vermont, close to the New York border. He and his partner receive a call that a woman has hit a tree with her car and is trapped in her vehicle. After reviving and sending the woman off to the ER, Webster goes against his professional ethics to follow-up on her.
Webster soon discovers that Sheila was running away from an abusive ex-boyfriend when she hit the tree while intoxicated. She is the type of person who needs to be rescued, and for some reason Webster is compelled to rescue her. After a brief courtship, Sheila finds herself pregnant but is not able to let go of her addictions, even if it endangers her family. Can Sheila come back to her daughter and Webster after being away for over ten years?
This was a quick, enjoyable read by Shreve. My only complaint is that I wish the story continued a little longer; there was so much more I wanted to know about the future of these characters, and I question why Shreve didn’t develop this more when she had already set-up such an engaging story.