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It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop's life is a tangled mess. Estranged from her own family, at age 16 she went to work for a preacher and his wife. When his wife died, the preacher convinced Lacey that the only decent thing to do was to marry him. That way she could continue to act as mother to the little girl who was left on his doorstep. Finding herself with little choice, Lacey agrees. What Lacey could never have anticipated is that the preacher would decide to take them all off to a Shaker village. There, she's still married but living in a community that doesn't believe in marriage. And to make matters even worse, she's drawn to Isaac Kingston, a man who came to the community after his young bride died. Since any notion of love between them is nothing but a forbidden dream, is it possible for Lacey to find happiness?