Although raised by a loving father, Claire is still haunted by the absence of her mother, who abandoned her as a baby. Now a mother of two, Claire has made a life for herself in the coastal town of Drifting, Connecticut, where she and her husband, Eli, run a Victorian inn. With her children grown up, her maternal instincts are reawakened when Nicholas Pierce and his blind, seven-year-old daughter, Kayla, come to stay at the inn. As the child's affinity for her begins to resonate within her, Claire is drawn into a struggle to save Kayla. Now her desire to find her missing mother is unleashed.… (more)
When beautiful, restless Sulie abandons Jack and their two-year-old, Claire, the adoring father rises to the occasion, giving Claire an extraordinarily happy childhood, which is followed by her happy marriage to handsome Eli and the devoted mothering of two children.
After Jack's death, Claire and Eli move to a seaside Connecticut town. Claire works part-time as a psychologist and manages a little inn in the summer, but she finds herself at loose ends after her youngest goes off to college. She becomes fascinated with a single father and his blind daughter, lodgers at the inn. Eli senses something wrong with the dad, but Claire colors these guests with her memories of her relationship with Jack.