Something isn't right with the Ashes-from-Away. Bridge Ashe can't pinpoint exactly what's wrong with her family, but she knows her home is nothing like her best friend Katie's, where she spends most of her time and would stay forever if she could. Her friend Simon Connors' family is also different. His father is certifiable, his mother, educated and refined. And then there's his brother, Iggy, an artist and an intellectual who follows his own unique path. As Bridge begins to see life through Iggy's eyes, she discovers a world of longing and belonging, and for the first time, she knows what it means to love and be loved. But before she can grasp why Iggy behaves as he does, she becomes permanently imbedded in the Connors clan. When Bridge is forced to leave the relative security of her small Newfoundland community and move to Alberta, she must learn to see beyond her own needs in order to survive in a world she had never imagined.