The women of the Hand family have always been strong, independent and controversial. The current generation is no exception. When the attack on the World Trade Center cost her her fiance, Charles, weeks before their wedding, Winifred Hand Abadie is thrown into profound grief, finding solace in giving to others, her family and the family of her lost love.When Charles' younger cousin, Brian, is severely injured in Afghanistan, Winifred decides to relocate to Washington, D.C. to support and sustain him and his parents. Her cousin Louise Hand Healy lives in Baltimore, so Winifred calls her to ask about finding an apartment and a job. Louise, a struggling journalist and documentary film producer, makes a snap decision, fueled by the rejection of her latest project, to move to D.C. with Winifred.Winifred and Louise are each struggling with sadness, loss of sense of purpose and a ticking biological clock. As Brian's condition improves and worsens, he and Winifred develop a bond, despite the age difference. When Brian's identical twin, also a Marine, arrives, Louise finds herself first comforting him, then loving him.Meanwhile, Olivia DeHavilland Hand, the editor of the TULSA WORLD, is struggling with many of the same issues as her cousins. She has something they don't, the strong support of her Cherokee grandparents and tribe. She also has has issues they don't as she begins writing increasingly anti-war editorials that aren't always well accepted in Tulsa or by her ex-husband and present lover, Bobby Tree.These three women, whose lives have been shaped by family ties, loss, politics and love, have a date with destiny and the increasingly murderous war in Afghanistan. All three women love men who feel the call of duty and like millions of women before them, Louise, Olivia and Winifred can only wait while other forces determine the path of their lives.