Ethel was busy with her life. Her catering business was successful and in thirty-days she would be Mrs. Madison Barfield. Only one tiny detail remained before she could say "I do". Her divorce from the man that abandoned her twenty-seven years ago. She didn't know if he was still living. Until she discovered him standing in her dining room - very much alive.
Howard had hoped his return would be met with forgiveness and a second chance. He realized that walking out and leaving his wife to raise two small boys was selfish. News of his wife's pending nupitals had reached him through an unusual souce. He was thankful that time had been on his side in returning home. Now, he just needed his family to accept that he was a changed man.
Madison didn't need any introduction to the man standing in Ethel's dining room. The fear in Ethel's eyes and the way her body trembled confirmed his assumptions that Howard's disappearance had been a blessing. The lawyer in him questioned the impeccable timing of Howard's return.