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It is nineteen thirty three, the depths of the Great Depression when ten year old Tad Bristow wanders into the small, rural town of Black Water, Kansas, starving, gravely ill and desolate. She is rescued by maiden sisters, Lilith and Lucille Dawkins who adopt her and find Tad’s blithe spirit and loving nature a balm to their weary hearts as she grows from a freckled-faced waif into an auburn-haired beauty. Tad’s influence is felt throughout the community but nowhere more than by Kenneth Hartley, her troubled friend throughout childhood. Indeed, Kenneth’s attachment to Tad is so subtle even she doesn’t understand its unnatural bent until the ruggedly handsome, Cole Channing enters her life. Tad and Cole fall deeply in love and as they bask in their new-found joy they cannot imagine the deception Kenneth contrives to tear them apart. Swept into the current of World War II, Tad and Cole must face the trials of war and the despair of losing each other until tragedy charts a course to bring hearts divided together again.

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