Why did Eli die so suddenly? Their plans for the ranch were unfinished. The children were still young- with another on teh way. What was Hannah to do? Could - should - she propose marriage to Mr. Francis, their hired man? Eli was, and would always be, the love of her life. Mr. Francis she respected. Trusted. True, they shared faith in God. But that alone wasn't enough to build a marriage on.
And Frank - Mr. Francis. He liked working the ranch well enough. He liked the kids. He even like Hannah. But friendship went just so far. Move from his trailer to her bedroom? Did Hannah know what she was asking him to do? What would God have him do?