Rachel meets Al, the man of her dreams, at a play in the Abbey Theatre and, after a whirlwind romance, is whisked away from Dublin to a new and radically different life in Boston. Suddenly Rachel has everything she could ever want: a perfectly attentive and loving husband, a big, well-appointed house in the city, with a retinue of servants, a holiday home by the sea, the best of clothes and jewellery. The news of a baby on the way provides the icing on the cake.
But joy turns to heartbreak with the discovery of a condition that will severely afflict the child and Rachel is thrown into a sea of uncertainty. What should Rachel do? How will Al react to the terrible news? Where can she turn for support in this troubled time?
Difficult decisions and unexpected reactions cast Rachel on a journey of self-discovery that will test her emotions and resources to their very limit and illuminate the things in life that really matter.