Lucy grows up the only daughter on a farm full of boys. She goes about her daily chores and spends time with Billy. Although young, she falls in love with Billy—and him with her. As they grow together, they plan to marry, but that is when everything changes. Her parents borrowed money from Mr. Simmons, and when they can’t pay up, an agreement is made.
The only way Lucy’s family can keep their property is for Lucy to marry Simmons, but she is horrified. Simmons is so much older than her, and Lucy has loved Billy her whole life. She is torn from any chance at happiness and forced into the marriage from hell. She survives with only the memories of her time with Billy as she loses her innocence and self.
Lucy learns to live a life of heartbreak as the wife of a man she both hates and fears. Simmons possesses her, body and soul, and Lucy faces test after test in the hopes that someday, Billy will find her. Someday, they might find happiness together—but not until the timid farm girl she once was disappears, replaced by a woman of strength, resolve, and courage.