Meg Hobart has it all: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But her life comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has brought the family to financial ruin without even one word of warning. Penniless and homeless, they pack their remaining few possessions into the old car they actually own and leave their comfortable life.
On the way to Meg's parents' house, where they plan to regroup, a near miss with an Amish wagon sends their car into a ditch. David Lutz insists that the entire Hobart family takes refuge with his family until their car is repaired. For the first time ever, the Hobarts find themselves in a home with no computers, TVs or cell phones. With her uncooperative brood confined to the Amish world of hard work and tradition, Meg begins to fear that she can never make her family whole again.