This is the author’s own story of miracles found and fears allayed in the journey out of a confining urban existence and into a simpler, more joyous life. To tell this story fully, she must look through changed eyes at her past – at childhood anxieties, family disaffections, failed marriages, late motherhood, restless boredom and, paradoxically, a native talent for joy. She learns that she has been guided by faith even when she thought she had none. She begins to discern purpose and design both in her stories and in the light by which she sees them – a light refracted through a Quaker lens that searches for the sacred in all people. As the four seasons turn, she celebrates the loves of her new life – family, friends, language, silence and the extraordinary landscape of Vermont.