Rachel Wharton is offered her dream job, the only problem is, it’s in another city. She knows it’s a great opportunity straight out of graduate school, but she can’t muster the strength to convince herself that a quality prospect is a good enough reason to leave the man she has loved since childhood. Especially, at a critical time in their chaotic relationship, but misplaced gratitude, old debts and obligations take over; Rachel accepts the job, moves to Ottawa, and starts a new life she doesn’t want. Far from Morgan, family and friends, time fills her dingy apartment. Regrets and recriminations has her questioning her life, her perceptions of love, bravery, and her inability to navigate what she can’t change.
Meeting the love of your life when you’re a toddler and he's seven, is tricky, trickier still, when your little girl love grows up and expands. Rachel has had a kaleidoscope of experiences, but her love for Morgan Hillier creates complications. It puts strain on her complicated relationship with her mother. Maureen disapproves of Morgan; he is a man with baggage and an affinity for misfortune: a failed marriage, a dead son, and a daughter abandoned by her mother.
Rachel tries to balance loving Morgan, managing the miles between them, Maureen’s judgment, and the thirty-year friendship between the Wharton’s and Hillier’s, but time runs out, and her efforts explode. Morgan humiliates Rachel at a family wedding; his betrayal devastates her. To make matters worse, Maureen was right, and Rachel becomes a version of herself she hates – a poor slob in love