At sixteen, Addie Martin learns the identity of the spirit with whom she shares her mind and memory. But when this spirit begins to take over Addie's life, she can no longer keep secret from her parents, Ben and Della Martin, that she is different, and their lives are shattered. When Wilhelmina Stone, Riverbend's mysterious recluse and benefactor, learns of Addie's dual identity, it almost costs Addie her life, and reveals secrets to her that will change her life and that of the people of Riverbend. Changes that will mean happiness and prosperity to the townspeople, but will the changes mend the broken lives of Addie and those who she loves? Will her parents accept the fact that the spirit world is very much a part of her life? And will she find that time helps to heal heartaches and disappointments, and gives hope for a happier, if somewhat different, tomorrow?