Julia Montgomery, a beautiful young socialite spends a year in Rome, Italy, with her
domineering mother and doting father who is there temporarily on business. Deeply affected by a childhood tragedy, Julia has recurring nightmares and suffers from guilt and insecurity.
While studying art at the local university, Julia becomes friends with a group of young people including an attractive Italian professor and historian named Antony Scarpelli. She and Antony grow close through the group's regular get-togethers at a local café, and Julia finds herself enjoying the closeness and acceptance of Antony's family.
Unknown to her Italian friends, Julia is engaged to a wealthy young businessman back in the States. The union was practically arranged by their mothers from the time of their childhood. Influenced by her family, Julia accepted his proposal believing love would follow. Now she questions that decision.
Her faith has never been important to her, but when faced with her many trials, Julia realizes the void in her life and searches for a meaningful relationship with God. A friend from school invites her to India to help at an orphanage, but would Julia's mission work be a way to serve God--or an escape from pain?
Julia has just returned to the States from India, where she helped at a Christian Orphanage, when she receives word of Antony’s Aunt Lucia’s serious illness. Since Julia did not plan to return to college to complete her degree until the following semester, she offers to help the family by returning to Italy to help care for the dying woman. Their mutual love of art, and of a certain young man, has drawn them close.
Before she leaves for Italy, she discovers information that could affect her future with Antony Scarpelli, the handsome professor she met in Rome, but is it too late for that relationship to mend?
Clementine, now a famous model in France, re-enters Julia’s life causing conflict with their mutual friend, Georgio. Clem’s fickleness damages lives and forces Julia to re-examine her own developing faith. Can she help Clem change her ways or is she a lost cause? What does God want her to do?
A surprise awaits Julia when she stays in Italy, which turns her world upside down. Her new spirit of independence gives her confidence to make life-changing decisions on her own, but will she make the right decision?
Life in France is exciting for Julia and her new husband, but events take a turn for the worse when an accident occurs and things change dramatically. Julia finds herself involved in unexpected relationships. She feels God nudge her towards seeking out a friendship with Clementine, the beautiful, but troubled French fashion model.
Part of Julia’s heart remains with the children and friends she made while volunteering at the orphanage in India. She works diligently to provide funding for the mission, but her yearning is to someday return. Will that desire ever come to fruition?
When the newlyweds return to the States, Julia finds herself still entangled in her complex relationship with her mother. Though she’s become an independent woman, events transpire which change her life dramatically. Will she find the fulfillment she seeks?