Caroline "Caro" Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a rich husband. So what if she drinks a little too much and has a less-than-perfect marriage? She's doing what she was born to do: be the chatelaine of a magnificent home and hostess to her husband's wealthy friends and clients. Her numbing routine of country-club luncheons, cocktail parties, and increasing isolation is interrupted, however, when Caro finds out her husband plans to build a resort on an untouched island in South Carolina's low country. Spurred to action and inspired with new purpose, Caro must confront the life she has been leading and reach deep within herself to save this special place.