From the balcony of his house, Mike Haines can see the quiet, commonplace beauty of the Holliday farm. But what he remembers is Dusty, the little sister of his high school girlfriend, who grew up there. As a teen, Dusty had gone off the rails, but when she was a kid, she was sweet, she was funny and she had a special bond with Mike. After high school, she took off and Mike never saw her again.
Tragedy strikes Dusty’s family and she comes back to town. Mike thinks she hasn’t changed back to the sweet, funny girl he knew but instead continued to be selfish and thoughtless, leaving her family alone to deal with their mourning. He seeks her out and confronts her in an effort to understand what went wrong and to force her to sort herself out.
He finds out quickly he’s wrong about Dusty Holliday. Very wrong. After Mike discovers that, the bond they had years before snaps back into place in ways he would never suspect.
But Mike Haines had a bad marriage and then he played games of the heart for a good woman…and lost. In order to protect himself and his kids, he’s cautious, he’s careful to read the signs and he’s not interested in finding a woman he has to fix.
When he learns what happened to Dusty, he thinks she needs to be fixed.
He swings, he misses, and in this new game of hearts, Mike just got strike three.
“Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
“Trouble” – Pink
“Achy-Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus
“Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” – Big & Rich
“Not an Addict” – K’s Choice
“Fell on Black Days” – Soundgarden
“Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves
“Ice Cream” – Sarah McLachlan
“We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters