As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.
Structural problems hamstring Scully's otherwise unobjectionable contemporary romance. Archer Noble is starting to make a name for himself as a gay pundit, arguing against same-sex marriage because of its replication of heterosexual institutions, when his sister dies and leaves him with her two young children. This brings Archer face-to-face with his life: his past as Archie Noblesse, abused and lacking opportunities, growing up on a Cree reservation; his future, in the form of the children he has to accept or reject; and his present opportunity, Ryan Eriksson, his sister's best friend. Ryan, an elementary school teacher, has always wanted to settle down, get married, and have some children, and being the kids' temporary guardian leaves him liable to fall in love with this ready-made family if Archer can get over his issues. Unfortunately, Scully's choice to dramatize all of Archer's issues very clearly in the first chapter of the book turns them into a parade of clumsily portrayed misery, detracting from the genuine sweetness and occasional subtlety of the novel's later segments.