Kevin Davis saves Anna Caproni from drowning during the summer of 1980 at Holden Beach, North Carolina. A romance develops between the two teenagers, and they profess their love for each other. Plans for them to meet again, however, do not work out over time. What was once a fiery, young love affair seemingly comes to an end. In 2005, twenty-five years later, Kevin comes upon some old photographs of their time together. He calls Anna and finds out that her husband has recently passed away. He offers to meet with her at Holden Beach to help her grieve. Kevin is single, never having found the woman of his dreams. Will they now rekindle their beach romance of long ago?
Early in the last century the hardy wood-choppers began to come west, out of Vermont. They founded their homes in the Adirondack wildernesses and cleared their rough acres with the axe and the charcoal pit. After years of toil in a rigorous climate they left their sons little besides a stumpy farm and a coon-skin overcoat. Far from the centres of life their amusements, their humours, their religion, their folk lore, their views of things had in them the flavour of the timber lands, the simplicity of childhood. Every son was nurtured in the love of honour and of industry, and the hope of sometime being president.