Aaron and Lovinia Keim have been cornerstones of their Amish community for years. They live in the Dawdi House, and their middle son, Peter, manages the farm and main house with his grown son, Roman, and twin daughters, Viola and Elsie. Viola recently started a job at the Mennonite retirement home. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Atle Beachy, whose only living relative, his son Ed, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. When Ed surprises his father with a visit, he falls for Viola and is determined to court her. Though Viola can't deny she feels the attraction too, she has no time for such things: her family has begun to crumble. Turning to Ed for comfort, Viola realizes she has two choices: marry Ed and go to wherever he is sent, or stay and try to hold her family together.