Lynn Stewart, widowed and feeling stifled by well-meant sympathy, yet afraid of starting a new life, vows to spend a year redefining herself. Leaving California, her family, and all that is familiar, she returns to the small Montana town where she once lived with her father.Reluctant to leave Boston, Jim Parker must interrupt a successful career in advertising when he inherits the family ranch. Forced to accept the responsibility for a way of life he has tried to forget, he begrudges his involvement in a place rundown and riddled by debt.Jim, desperate for added income, and Lynn, unable to find another job, join forces in expanding the working ranch to include guests. As they make the conversion, they each struggle to face a bittersweet past. When a devastating forest fire sweeps through the mountains, it threatens their fragile future and issues a challenge they are not ready to meet.