When Foster Lanier and Ben Phelps are released from a professional baseball team in 1904, it is the only experience they have in common until they meet a runaway - a girl-woman named Lottie Parker - on a train that takes them from Augusta, Georgia, and away from their dreams of greatness.
Foster will marry her and father her son.
Ben will escort her home.
And Lottie will change the lives of everyone she meets from the day she runs away until she finally finds the place where she belongs.
The story of Lottie reveals the life of a rare woman who never completely loses the innocence of her dreams - although she leaves home as a prostitute and works the girlie tent in a traveling carnival. Her marriage to Foster and the birth of her son are part of her dream. Having Ben care for her following Foster's death, being accepted into the home of Margaret Phelps, Ben's mother, and meeting Arthur Ledford, the father of Ben's fiancee, are fragments of the dream as well.