When Alice Gardner’s long-time beau moves away from Clover Creek, Alice is left pining away for him. It doesn’t help when Jake’s letter arrives, telling her about the dances and fun activities he’s enjoying in the big city. Soon new admirers for Alice make an appearance, and between the new admirers, more letters, and sweet gifts from Jake; Alice finds herself happily occupied.
Jake Weston enjoys working with his father in the newspaper business. When his father sends him off to apprentice with a large daily paper, Jake finds the big city fascinating. He’s soon engulfed in all kinds of new activities and learning experiences. But Jake misses Alice with an intense passion, and reports of her new admirers alarm him. With the help of a new friend, Jake scrambles to keep Alice’s affections focused solely on him, but at what cost?
When Jake returns home to Clover Creek for a visit, Alice is dumbfounded by the well-dressed debonair man before her. Where does the money come from for his fancy new clothes and the gifts he lavishes on her? Something ominous is going on, and Alice is stunned when she finds out what it is. Will Jake’s covert activities tear them apart, or will their intense yearning for each other draw them closer and help define who they really are?