In 1981 Connecticut, twenty-six-year-old attorney Tara Carter is astonished to learn she was adopted from an institution for unwed mothers in Ireland. Her search for her birth parents, her defense of a man accused of manslaughter, and an involvement with the prosecuting attorney leads her on a journey of excitement and shocking betrayal.
While she loves her adoptive parents, she longs to hold in her arms her birth mother and the father whose seed gave her life. But in Ireland, she swings from joy to heartbreak and disappointment after learning her birth mother has died. Although her father, a former Catholic seminarian, is reputed to be living and working either as a teacher in New York or a missionary in Africa, his whereabouts remain a mystery. And now she returns to New York where she will help to defend Father Patrick Gannon who has pleaded not guilty to the crime of manslaughter. In between her court work, she embarks on the arduous task of contacting schools in the United States and Ireland. Negative replies lead her to hire a private detective. After an interminable wait, she learns the detective has been unsuccessful.
Tara is ready to abandon hope when a sudden revelation leads to a devastating conclusion of her search.