From the back cover: Bold, innocent and strange. . . that was their love. This exquisite and unusual love story is about two young women, Patience White and Sarah Dowling. Set in the early 19th century against the backdrop of the puritanical New England farm community, the two women do something unheard of -- they live together and love each other. They know of no precedents for their relationship -- they must construct it themselves with only their own feelings to guide them. They dream of going away together, of getting their own farm, and eventually they do just that.