In 1869, Gloriana Womack has a smaller family after smallpox claimed the lives of her mother and two of her siblings. She lives in a modest cottage in Duluth, Minnesota, along with her father and young brother, and she has dedicated her life to holding her tiny, fractured family together, especially since her faith is gone so often on long fishing trips. Their livelihood may come from the waters of Lake Superior, but storms on the lake can be dangerous, even to those who know it well.
Luke Carson has come to Duluth to help shepherd the arrival of the railroad to the city's port, and he's eager to be reunited with his brother, Scott, who recently moved there with his pregnant wife. Competition for the railroad is fierce, with the neighboring city of Superior, Wisconsin, fighting for the tracks to come through their town instead. However, the real danger lies in a resident of Duluth who is determined to have his revenge upon Luke.
When tragedy unites Gloriana and Luke, they help each other through their grief and soon find their lives inextricably linked. If they survive the trials ahead, could it be possible they've been destined for each other all along?