An old farmhouse overlooks the scenic Spoon River in western Illinois. It has stood there for over a hundred years, sheltering Bobby and Neoma Hanks and their children through the early years of the twentieth century until 1927, when they leave the farm. Their move to town has momentous consequences. By 1950 the family has split up and is scattered across the country from New York to California.
Decades later, grandson Drew owns the farmhouse he has always loved and eagerly shares his cherished childhood memories with his younger cousin Sharon. But for Sharon, who grew up in a different place and time, memories of her own childhood home evoke very different emotions.
After her mother's death, Sharon struggles to come to terms with her past and wonders whether life in the old house on the Spoon, where her mother was born, was really as idyllic as Drew remembers.