Ryan's mother had died when she was very young and her father had already done away with all of her pictures for some reason. She knew that he loved her mother very much and couldn't understand this at all. Then the stranger showed up and left a picture of her mother on her brother's coffin. Ryan's father was into salvaging and called all of the junk he found treasure. He flung a craving on Ryan for just what that next salvaging expedition might hold and she soon was overwhelmed with her own finds. Everything she attempts has a bearing on her future, even if she basically feels like a failure at those times. She finds the love of her life and a new family in the process of being very successful at her salvaging efforts.