It is 1906 in Boonville, California. Thirteen year-old Melinda is unhappy with the hand that life has dealt her. Being born out of wedlock and scorned by many, Melinda desperately wants to know what happened to her real father, but no one will tell her. Determined to do all within her power to find her father, Melinda's bravery compels some of the townspeople to reveal the dark secrets that they have kept to themselves for years. Her example gives them strength to bring the truth to light and ultimately find forgiveness and redemption.