Jessica Ross returns from WWI to her small Appalachian community of Hot Springs, NC after she is wounded in an explosion and German gunfire. Her hopes of a quiet life, as far away from the trenches and filthy Germans as possible, are demolished as soon as the train pulls up to the depot. The grounds of the beautiful Mountain Park Hotel are littered with barracks and internees, German internees, who have been living and working in her town for the past year. As she steps out of the train she sees a group of the men marching by. Her wounded leg trips her and she lands right in the arms of one of them. Sparks of attraction fly, but Jess’s bitterness stems deep. She will never trust another German.
Unfortunately for her, August Reinhold has found a place in her grandparents’ hearts. In her absence, his work on her grandfather’s farm and his diligent help in his clinic has made August a constant fixture in their lives.