In 1923, nineteen-year-old Amanda Bannon will marry, then pass away. Her death surprises no one. Her marriage shocks everyone.
Reserved, sharp and consumed by medical-school aspirations, Amanda learns a chronic illness has left her with less than one year to live. Faced with the news, she makes a startling request: to marry Orest Alworth, a young man she barely knows who serves under her father’s command on the Newark police force.
As Amanda confronts mortality, she uncovers her husband’s painful history and the secrets reaching through the decades to lock Orest in a guilty grip – one she might help release. If she succeeds, she has the chance to give greater meaning to her short life by changing his forever.