It's the summer of 1972. Maggie, a young schoolteacher, leaves the United States to settle with her boyfriend Fletcher on a farm near Niagara Falls. Fletcher is avoiding the Vietnam draft, but they've also come to Harroway with a loftier aim: to start a commune, work the land, and create a new model for society. At the same time, Maggie must deal with the recent disappearance of her father, a missionary, in the jungle of Laos. What happened in those days before her father vanished, and how will his life and actions affect Maggie's future?