Bobby Salton is a woman on the run from a violent marriage. With her six-year-old daughter, she finds refuge in a rambling house on the Connecticut shore.
Hired as a live-in companion to Alma Ogilvie, Bobby helps the retired headmistress regain her independence. But Bobby's battered appearance has a startling effect -- especially on Eva Rule, Alma's niece, a successful author.
Three very different women grapple with dreams of haunted pasts, and yet form a tenuous bond. But just as they begin to look to the future, the past catches up with them in a violent climax that threatens everything they have come to trust.