Two women, haunted by the unknowns of their past, search for answers along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Anna Nicholson, Chicago socialite, retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking off her engagement with her wealthy fiancé. Troubled by a recurring nightmare and filled with questions over her newfound faith, Anna turns to Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker planning on going into the ministry.
Geesje de Jonge is prompted by her son to write down her memories of emigrating from the Netherlands nearly fifty years ago. As she sorts through these memories for Semi-Centennial anniversary of the town's settlement, her story takes on a life of its own filled with regrets, doubts, hardships, and joys. Derk is fascinated by the story as he sees many glaring similarities between Geesje and Anna.
Past and present merge together as Anna and Geesje seek clarity, but neither expects the revelations they are about to find.