With the ink mostly dry on her journalism degree, Joni accepts the position of news reporter and photographer for The Ogallala Gazette. She's tasked with chronicling all of the goings-on of the quirky characters who inhabit this small Missouri town. While investigating the identity of the first murder victim, Joni makes an enemy of the local sheriff. Worse, she catches the attention of a violent stalker who promises to cure Joni of her curiosity.
Single-mom Caroline Taylor wants nothing more than to make a home for her two young sons in Eagle River, Alaska. The only problem: an eviction notice. When the perfect rental falls through again, she and her boys move in with Air Force sergeant Geno D'Antoni and his two teenage sons. It's only for a year, so she can polish her credit rating and save a down payment to buy a home. It's a perfect plan.Or not. When Geno stands up to Caroline's bully of an ex-husband, he retaliates by suing for full custody.
Eleven-year-old Josey Miller knows two things: it's her fault Mama left, and she will do anything to coax her back. When Mrs. Casey, the new music teacher, starts a band at Bennett Springs Middle School, Josey sees it as her chance to finally belong to something and convince Mama to visit for her concerts. The only problem: there's no money for a clarinet, what with Dad laid off and fighting to keep their farm. But things start looking up when Grandpa Joe gives Josey an old trombone to play, and Mr. McInerny starts boarding his high-dollar Arabian stallion with Dad.