Bad things happen to good people…Emily Wells lost her father to pneumonia when she was seven. She had to move from her home in Helena to live with her grandparents,There had been a growing tension between her parents over financial matters, HerMoreBad things happen to good people…Emily Wells lost her father to pneumonia when she was seven. She had to move from her home in Helena to live with her grandparents,There had been a growing tension between her parents over financial matters, Her mother was a teacher and her father worked for the railroad. When rail construction ended in Helena, her father lost his job and the family struggled on her mother’s salary as a teacher.
Her father, Preston refused to accept help or work from her wealthy grandparents despite their needs. When he died of pneumonia, Emily went from a precocious little seven year old, to a quiet, introspective girl. She and her mother had to move in with her grandparents.After a year of mourning, Mary Louise began seeing her old high school sweetheart, Doctor Patrick Palmer. When she decided she was not ready for a relationship, Mary Louise took Emily to stay with their Aunt Martha in Balti-more.
Uprooted again, she just wanted a permanent place to call home.After her mother married Patrick, a normal, though quiet childhood ensued. Asked to a park concert by one of the high school football players, several fights broke out among some drunken cowboys, Emily left the park and was accosted by a one of the drunken cowboys, When she was rescued, her dress had been torn and she was in tears. Traumatized by the event, she became more withdrawn.She was determined to attend her mothers alma mater in Baltimore, leaving behind a growing relationship with Jared Calhoun, a classmate and the son of a family friend.Her dormitory roommate was more interested in partying than studying and was constantly pushing her to go to parties with her..
On the last weekend before her return home at the end of the first school year, she finally agreed to go. Once again, she had the worst experience a girl could have. Telling no one of her experience, she just wanted to go home to Montana.Because of her experience and her condition, she with-drew once more, leaving Jared, the man who loved her, wondering what he had done.This is a touching love story of a troubled young girl who suffers self-doubts and is convinced she is not worthy of being loved, until Jared’s love and tenderness proves she is mistaken.