Emily Anderson is used to being in control. For the first 30 years of her life everything she did was meticulously plotted out, whether it was getting into Harvard, marrying a handsome (if not too bright) cardiac surgeon, or cornering the housing market for Boston’s wealthiest. That is, of course, until she pulled the wool from her eyes and saw her life for what it was: shallow.
Now, with her marriage ruined and her social life falling apart, Emily decides to uproot herself and her son and move to Marblehead for the summer, into the quaint sea-side house her sister Bree inherited from their grandmother. It's a rash decision, one she immediately regrets when Bree’s strange best friend Ray shows up on the doorstep in need of a place to live.
As if that weren’t enough to deal with, she keeps running into her next door neighbor, Nick Fisher. He's a young and flirtatious musician with whom Emily has nothing in common, but try telling that to the butterflies in her stomach. As the summer progresses Emily finds more and more of the walls she has built around herself beginning to crumble. It takes a colorful cast of characters, but with everyone’s help and a big push from Emily’s dead grandmother, Emily finds the courage to break free and start over.