Maggie Gray's Pentecostal granny is her only solace during a difficult childhood in eastern North Carolina that includes boozing, biker parents and an unwed sister's pregnancy. But hard-working, determined Maggie breaks out of this harsh lifestyle by excelling in school, earning a college scholarship, and escaping from her provincial family-but never from her grandmother's Christ-based admonitions.
Meeting chemistry professor, Carson Bales, in unlikely circumstances sets Maggie's course toward romance, a hastily planned marriage, and a wedding night surprise. After thirty happy years of marriage, their lives are interrupted by Carson's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Maggie walks every step of dementia's abyss with him and makes another fateful connection-with Dr. Bill Holton, whose wife suffers the same disease.
Bill and Maggie form a friendship around their common thread. At least, Maggie believes it is just friendship-until a stormy night and a broken water heater bring them together on the Outer Banks. Maggie's stalwart morality, driven by Granny's warnings, is in jeopardy when one misspoken word causes Bill to challenge her fidelity to a husband who no longer knows her name. Will Maggie choose faithfulness to her husband and to Jesus or a second chance at love? And will forgiveness require yet another choice?