In all the world, only two things are important to Marge Hairston: her work as a journalist, and the three children she raised alone after her husband's death. Handsome Drogan, tempestuous Cassie, and gentle Sharon share a warm affection for each other, and a profound pride in their mother, who turned The Woodmore Times into North Carolina's most influential African American newspaper. But even a family as close as the Hairstons can be torn apart when crisis hits-as it does when Marge is taken seriously ill. And when she insists that one of her children abandon a comfortable and successful career to continue her work at the paper, Drogan, Cassie, and Sharon suddenly find their cherished close relationships unraveling. It is the unassuming Sharon who finally, reluctantly, steps into her mother's shoes at The Woodmore Times and when she does, she finds herself flung into a terrifying, exhilarating new world. While she faces heartache over Drogan and Cassie's sudden jealousy and mistrust, she also finds unexpected joy in her new career and passion in the arms of a new lover. And as she blossoms from docile, devoted little sister into a dynamic woman living life on her own terms, she also discovers the strength and courage to lead her brother and sister into acceptance, bittersweet reconciliation, and ultimately, healing.