In 1943 Sara Carson leaves her farm home and goes to Orange, Texas to work in the ship yards. There she meets and falls in love with soldier Kent Holden. Three days later they are married. Less than a week after that he ships out to North Africa. Sara moves back to the farm to help her mother with her ailing grandmother and her father who is losing his hold on reality.
Now it is 1945. Germany has surrendered and Kent is coming home. Sara comes to grips with the realization that she has married a stranger. She loves her husband, but she doesn't know him. She has married in haste. Is she condemned to repent at leisure?
Kent led her to the couch, pushed her down, and sat beside her. "I am going to make you so happy. Father has made me a partner in his car dealership. I know how hard you worked on that farm. You will never have to work that hard again. I am going to--"
She stopped him by laying her finger across his lips. "Shouldn't you be saying we are going to?"
"I got carried away." He took her hand in his and kissed her fingertips. His expression grew serious. "I have wasted so much of my life behaving like a juvenile delinquent. Four years of war made me grow up. Now all I want is a home and a stable, peaceful life. I want you to be the queen of my home. I love you, Sara."
His sweet words melted her heart. Gone were any thoughts of objecting to his plans. "Tell me more about our home and our family."
"You and I are our family." He hugged her and then released her. "I don't want children."
"Why not?" His words cut through Sara like a rusty knife.
"I have my reasons." He stood and rammed his hands into his pockets. His face set in hard lines. "One of them is, I know nothing about my birth parents."
"I always dreamed of being a mother." This was a Kent she didn't know. "Not knowing about your birth parents means nothing to me."
"On this one subject there is no compromise. Sorry, Sara, but that's the way it is." He sat beside her once again. "Mother says we can stay here as long as we want, but I think we should find an apartment as soon as possible." He tagged his statement with a cautious, "What do you think?"
She thought she had to change his mind about not wanting children.