Meanwhile, war is brewing between England and the United States, and her father is called to fight for his country at sea in the West Indies. A letter from him asks Emily to find the wife and children of his recently slain first mate and to take them into their home. Their lives become woven together with those of the Spencer family, sometimes in unexpected ways.
This is the continuing story of an adventurous young woman who became a Christian during her years in the Indiana Territory and seeks to live out her faith back home in Virginia. Friendships and family relationships help Emily avoid bitterness and anger in the harshest circumstances, and she learns to make peace with even "difficult blessings."