The Characters

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Eileen Hutchinson: Levi Hutchinson's only daughter, Eileen grows up awash in testosterone--and learns well how to make it suit her purposes. She falls in love with a boy no one else understands, least of all her father, Levi.

Wesley Hutchinson: Eileen's older brother and their father's pride and trusted helper. Wes gets his mechanical education working with him in Oklahoma's oilfields through the Great Depression. Wes is still puzzling over how to "fix" his sister's suitor when Pearl Harbor is attacked, taking both he and Frank Lawton out of her life and off to war. Though his first love is his plane, the heavy bomber his crew and the Army entrust to his care, the war's carnage leaves him craving the softer, quieter love of English debutante, Melody.

Melody Thompson: The beautiful daughter of a prominent family in her quiet hometown is openly cynical of the "cheeky Yank flyboys" who've taken over Hardwick, but she senses a staid sincerity in Wesley that leaves her open to the unthinkable--leaving England for his America after the war.

Paul Prator: Driven and successful at an early age, Paul's talent for flying's almost as formidable as the chip on his shoulder. Nearsightedness keeps him from flying in the military but not the airlines. When an emergency lands him a chance to have his dream, he finds it at odds with his true purpose in life--becoming Christina Lawton's husband.

Christina Lawton: Enough like her grandfather to become the first woman on his family-dominated Cleveland Fire Department, Christina looks forward to stepping out of Frank's long shadow. But when headtable chitchat at their wedding reception unearths the secret connection between her and Paul, she gets more distance than she bargained for. The only way she can have her husband and keep her family is to divulge a beautiful secret of her own: the unlikely, unborn grandchild of both Wesley and Eileen Hutchinson.