A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies in 1973, who end up living next door to each other in the suburbs. Love blossoms between Francis's daughter, Kate, and Brian's son, Peter. When a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact. Kate and Peter eventually find a way back to each other, but their relationship will be tested by the echoes from their past.