Mary Ellen’s father didn’t—exactly—trade her for a house. Marrying the wealthy and handsome Randall Coulson isn’t something she wants to do, but, being an obedient daughter, she agrees to the marriage. Randall Coulson wants Mary Ellen for one reason: to give him sons. He has no desire to form a bond of love or friendship with his young bride. His own heart is already taken. This bittersweet story of love, lies, and family secrets takes place during a turbulent period of American history, one in which the perception of women and their role in society changed during the course of one woman’s life.