Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters' happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own. The eldest of seven daughters, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend on her, while her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms. Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match. Grace faces fresh anguish when her first love returns to wreak havoc in her life. Will the possibility of true love lead Grace to embrace her own right to happiness?