Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous, she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, being a single mom, helping her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spending time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and dealing with the fact that her son’s father is back in their lives.
Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He’s the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work, or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will’s ready to settle down with Carla: loving her is natural. He’s bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.
Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?