Albert, Nessa's friend from the orphanage, has journeyed to Prairie River. Nessa is thrilled to see him, but after waiting months, she realizes his arrival will not make her life any less complicated. Nessa's winter was fraught with trials, but now spring has come to Prairie River - and so has her dear friend Albert. Albert is Nessa's oldest friend from the orphanage, and she had prayed that he would join her in Kansas ever since she journeyed to the small, remote town a year ago. But a year is a long time, and Albert's arrival is not what Nessa had imagined. Things are different between them, and Nessa must reconcile the changes if she has any hope of starting their friendship anew.