Returning home after being away for two long years, 16-year-old Joanie Caldwell learns what is truly important in life: family, friendship, and love. Joanie stumbles along the path to adulthood along with her best friend Kate. She soon learns that things do change and not always for the better. One of the major changes she takes note of is her brother's friend Eric. Will he notice her, as well?
She and Kate face many adversaries along the way, from a local gang leader to the spiteful school secretary and everything in between. As long as they stick together, they can overcome anything and anyone. Set during the winter of 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Return to Love introduces Joanie Caldwell, her mother, and her overprotective brother, Brad.