Midwife Francesca Walcott has plenty of good reasons to stay away from Alaska. Her ex-husband, Charlie Marcus, and her family. Thirty years ago she married Charlie over her family's objections. they haven't forgiven her or spoken to her since. Now she has come home to Alaska-because Mia, a midwife, friend and former apprentice, has been found daed. She left Francesca her estate, a house in Talkeetna, a mine and forty- three sled dogs. Suddenly there are more reason to stay in Alaska then to leave. The mystery surrounding Mia's death. the mothers and babies who need her skills as a midwife. The hope of reconciling with her family and most of all Charlie. the man who's somehow connected with everything in her life. the man she use to love...and still does.