Left destitute after her grandfather's death, Honor Penworthy must leave her Maryland plantation -- and the slaves she hoped to free -- to seek refuge with a distant relative. A marriage is arranged through the Quaker community to glass artisan Samuel Cathwell, who has not opened his heart to anyone since fever took his hearing as a child. A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor's genteel upbringing prepares her for the rigors of frontier life. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly -- though secretly -- involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?