Devastated when her fiance is killed in an accident, Tabitha Brown leaves her teaching job in Seattle and escapes to the rambling old house on the Washington coast that once belonged to her great-aunt.
A showplace a century ago, it now sits like a toadstool on a bed of sodden leaves. The interior needs renovation and the roof leaks. Despite the odds, Tabitha is determined to make the monstrosity a home.
A bigger job than anticipated, Tabitha needs the help of a local handyman. Hampton Stewart intrigues Tabitha from the start. Although rough around the edges, he is kind, handsome, and has the bluest eyes she's ever seen.
Only one problem. Hampton has a roommate. Raymond is forty-one years old but with the mind of a child, and though embarrassed to admit it, Tabitha finds the big man abhorrent. With Raymond in the picture, how can she ever hope to have a relationship with his caretaker?