In 1880 Boston, Julia Phillips meets Jacob Anderson, a charming jewelry store clerk who makes her heart race, and wonders how she might get her parents to accept a man who isn’t from the upper class. On arrival home, she discovers a worse problem. Unbeknownst to her, her father has a secret that compelled him to betroth her to business associate, Lucien Harris. She wants nothing to do with Lucien and tries to talk both him and her father out of the agreement.
Jacob moved to Boston to join his family, but plans only to stay long enough to save the money he needs to go west and buy land. When he meets Julia, she captures his heart. His family tells him to forget her, she’s out of reach, but with the help of her sisters and a few friends, they’re able to see each other at public places and become better acquainted. When Julia tells him about Lucien, he wants to help her. Would she be willing to go west with him? Would he have the money in time? Her older sister talks to them about God, his love for them, and his desire to bless them. She encourages them to pray for what God wants for their lives. Lucien warns Jacob to stay away from Julia and tries to control her activities and who she sees.
As winter turns to spring, Julia tries to understand what her heart wants. Does she love Jacob enough to be a farmer’s wife, or should she marry a friend she’s known since childhood? Only one thing is certain. She will not marry Lucien. When Jacob leaves town for a month to handle the sale of the family farm, Julia hears nothing from him. During that time, she’s under more pressure regarding the up-coming wedding, and the engagement is made public at a ball hosted by her parents. A few days after the ball, Julia is devastated to find out Lucien is blackmailing her father. If she doesn’t comply, her family will be ruined.
Julia’s father decides he’s had enough of Lucien’s control, even if it ruins his business and his family’s social standing. He involves his lawyer, and together they confront Lucien. In desperation, Lucien kidnaps Julia and plans to take her out of state until he receives ransom money. Jacob arrives back in town and while at the train station, he hears Lucien buy two tickets to Philadelphia. He learns of the kidnapping, makes contact with Julia’s father and tells him about the tickets. They, along with the police, go to the train station before the scheduled departure, and after a scuffle involving Lucien, who pulls a knife, they’re able to stop Lucien and Julia from getting on the train.
Jacob’s father gives him half the money from the sale of the farm. He now has enough to go west and take Julia. After his family sees that Jacob loves Julia enough to give his life for her, they support him. The day after the rescue, Jacob and Julia go to the park and walk to the gazebo on the lagoon. Julia no longer doubts what she wants. Her heart is set on Jacob. When he proposes, she says yes. Julia’s father gives his blessing and they marry shortly after.