Inspector Edmund Reid's wife, Emily, was once the happy spouse of a well-respected and ambitious young policeman, and a devoted mother to their beloved daughter. But her life has since changed dramatically. While she and her husband still love each other, their life together has been irretrievably altered by shared tragedy – and the different means of coping with this loss.
Where Emily seeks solace in church, Reid chooses only denial. Before this pain separated them, however, they were ideally suited. Emily’s intelligence and curiosity challenged and complemented Reid. Now, with an emotional gulf between them, Emily finds herself searching for new ways to channel her energies.