Faith Kenner, thirty-years-old, is a new arrival to Portland, finishing her studies as a doctor at Willamette University's medical college. Staying at her cousin Nancy's boardinghouse, she is glad to be near family again, but that proximity is bittersweet, as she desires a family of her own, a desire she could never satisfy with the secrets she keeps.
Andrew Gratton, a handsome riverboat captain, is injured defending a Native working on his ship. He is surprised by Faith's expertise as she tends his wound, and praises his conviction. The two develop a friendship before long, but Faith is careful not to give her hopes up for something more.
Instead, Faith joins her fellow students in putting together lectures to stand up against Oregon's racist laws and policies, actions that capture the attention of powerful men who have other plans for their state. Before long, Faith is caught in the middle of a plot to push the local Indian tribes to rebel, and her family is threatened. Will the harm these men intend be her undoing, or is it just the mysterious path God has her on to bring the truth, and her heart's desires, to light?