A jewellry designer, Daisy goes to Wyoming on holiday hoping to pick up ideas for her designs. Once there she finds that she is 'enriched' by the land and its native American legends/stories and starts designing jewellry with mystic native american symbols using bone and river pebbles/beads. These peices of jewellry seem to have postive romantic effects on their new owners. She also falls in love with young rancher James Tucker. They marry and have twins, Jake and Sage.
When the twins are 3, young Jake wanders off and can't be found. Has he been abducted, attacked by a bear or wolf, or fallen down one of the many crevices?
Devestated by their son's loss, James blames himself. Neither James or Daisy can pull together to express their joint grief and this drives them apart. James can't leave the ranch where his son was lost and still searches to try and find signs of his body. Daisy can't stay on the ranch where her son was lost and fears for her daughter if they stay there. So she leaves James and she and Sage go back to Daisy's home of New England, never to see James again.
When Sage is 16, she and Daisy have a row over Sage staying out after midnight with her boyfriend Ben. Upset, Sage runs away from home intent on going to her father. At first, protective Ben goes with her. But after a few days he wants to go home. So alone Daisy makes her way across various states, heading for her father.
James has never stopped loving Daisy, but he can't leave the ranch where his son was lost. Heartsick and scared for her daughter, Daisy goes to the ranch to wait for Sage. Can she and taciturn James learn to talk about the loss of their son and grieve together while waiting for their daughter? What really happened to Jake?
The book is an engrossing story with subplots and well fleshed-out secondary characters. which all add to the suspense and enjoyment. Very well written and enjoyable. This book, Beach Girls and Firefly Beach, are the best books I've read by this author to-date.