The last person in the world Gracie Jackson thought shed ever marry was Garth Graham, the annoying, arrogant editor of the local newspaper. But that was before she got to know the real Garth - the sweet, compassionate man she fell head-over-heels in love with. A much anticipated wedding takes place while Garth is waiting to be deported to St. Lo, France, during WWII. Gracie opens the orphanage at Nine Gables, taking in five young foundlings, only a few days after the wedding. Garth has three weeks to become acquainted with the children before his deportment. Life is good. For a season. After only sixteen days on the battlefield, comes the dreaded telegram from the Secretary of War. Everything that Gracie has believed in, suddenly becomes scrambled like eggs in an omelet. Mercy!