From the moors of Scotland to Manhattan, Lene has secrets. The most well kept one is her love for a man seventeen years older than her. She met Sergeant Bryce Walters on a train, traveling from New York to Kansas. The thirteen-year-old Scottish girl falls in love, desperate for attention and security, while looking and acting much older. She nearly seduces the soldier, who does not know her age, but finds she is inexperienced in the ways of sex. Then years later, she is in a childless marriage that has never been consummated, when she meets him again. Unknown to her, he is her father-in-law, a soldier retiring from his overseas duties. Even though she is committed to his son and their loveless marriage, she desires to have a child, which complicates their lives. Will a drifter that appears on the scene seduce her, out of her desperation for a complete and fulfilling life?