International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers the children she loves back home. Haunted by regret, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family. At Willow Lake, Sophie discovers the surprising rewards of small-town life -- including a vivid attraction to Noah Shepherd, the local veterinarian. Noah has a healing touch with four-legged creatures, though he's never had much luck with women.