John Laslett has just arrived in Green Valley in his very first appointment as the new parish minister. He has been employed by the lady patron, Vera Wallace, and at first it seems that she has seen to his every possible need. But there is something strange about the housekeeper she has sent. Kate is efficient in every detail, but John cannot seem to break through the cold exterior. Something is wrong, he is sure, but he doesn't know what. The story follows Kate on an adventure of heartbreak, grief, and love as she struggles to come to terms with her own feelings.