Journalist Matt Caldwell returns to his family's enclave at Caldwell Cove, seeking some well-earned R&R following a bombing in which a friend of his was killed before his eyes. He has part ownership of a local paper, currently being run by a single mother, Sarah Reed, and the two elect to be coeditors and copublishers.
Their relationship goes from professional to personal rather quickly, and there are obvious repercussions. Matt learns about a family feud between his father and his uncle that he eventually becomes involved with, and Sarah learns that her late husband Peter (who sold part ownership of the paper to Matt) wasn't the saint she made him out to be. It's a fairly fluffy, sweet romance.