Mitch Gallagher, ex-Naval Aviator, leaves his job flying a corporate jet after losing three co-workers in a plane crash. The tragic accident has him rethinking his life and priorities and he decides it's time to be closer to family and friends. He sells his Back Bay condo in Boston, puts a down payment on a house in his hometown of Standish Bay and begins a new job giving flying lessons. Eventually he hopes to purchase a plane and start his own flight school.
Kindergarten teacher, Faith Harrington, lives in an over-the-garage apartment in Standish Bay. Since moving there three years ago she has become close friends with Rachel Gallagher. She accompanies Rachel to a family cookout where she meets a devastated Mitch, still grieving over his lost friends and co-workers. Although there is an instant attraction on both sides, Mitch is too busy with his upcoming move and new job to pursue a relationship with Faith.
During the next several weeks Faith and Mitch's lives change drastically. Against Faith's rule of not dating parents of her students, she has a brief involvement with Kyle Kennedy. When she ends it he does not handle it well. Also, her landlady sells her home to none other than Mitch and he becomes her landlord. The attraction between them flares up and they begin dating sending Kennedy into a rage. He believes Faith belongs to him and between that and his violent temper, Faith and Mitch become his target in his desire for revenge.