Dessa Dean has been so saddened by the death of her mother, that she can no longer even leave the porch, and has constant nightmares and daymares. More than anything, Dessa Dean needed a friend. A friend to love and confide in, a friend with whom she could share her heart. A friend who would delight in all the beauty and joy and fun of Christmas, only four days away. Hope had just about run out, but then...there came a scratchin' at the door and Dessa Dean's life was forever changed. An injured dog found the cabin and helps Dessa Dean and her father heal.