Tom Putnam is an English professor at a small college in Virginia. His wife, Marjory, suffered a nervous breakdown several years ago and has been an invalid ever since. Within the span of a few days, Tom's life changes drastically. Marjory dies in a car crash. Then Tom receives a letter from a former lover telling him that he fathered a son by her 10 years ago, and she is sending the son, Henry, to live with him. The arrival of Henry completely turns Tom's life upside down. With the help of his mother-in-law and a very special woman named Rose, Tom begins to make a home for Henry. A heartwarming and charmingly quirky debut.