Massachusetts, 1954. With bags packed alongside her heavy heart, Alice Campbell found herself in front of a derelict building tucked among the cobblestone streets of Cambridge. She turns it into the bookshop of her dreams, knowing firsthand the power of books to comfort the brokenhearted. The Cambridge Bookshop soon becomes a haven for Tess, Caroline, Evie, and Merritt, who are navigating the struggles of being newly independent college women in a world that seems to want to keep them in the kitchen. But when a member of the group finds herself shattered, everything they know about themselves will be called into question.