Blessing, North Dakota, 1907. Anji Baard Moen, a recent widow, travels from Norway with her children and quickly settles back into life in Blessing, teaching Norwegian history in the high school and writing articles for the Blessing Gazette. When tragedy strikes, Anji steps in to run the newspaper and soon finds a kindred spirit in Thorliff, the widower who owns the printing press. As they spend time together, Anji wonders if there is something more than friendship growing between them. But Anji has also caught the eye of Thomas Devlin, a minster and a recent arrival to Blessing. He has put his carpentry skill to good use on the town's building projects, including Anji's house. Now she is torn between her feelings of loyalty to someone who needs her and the chance to build a new life with this intriguing newcomer.