STORY When a mysterious young woman namedKatie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her suddenarrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing,Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series ofevents draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, awidowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; andanother with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite herreservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting downroots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached toAlex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, shestruggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . .a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across thecountry, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic andstubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose betweena life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards.