Larkin's parents are silently mourning the death of a baby they never named and never described to his sister. Twelve-year-old Larkin and her family find a baby sitting in a basket, abandoned at their door. A note (as beautiful as the letter in MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall, 1985) says simply: "This is Sophie. She is almost a year old and she is good... I will lose her forever if you don't do this, so pleese keep her. I will come back for her one day.... I love her." Larkin and her mother, father, and grandmother care for the baby. They always know that Sophie will leave one day, but they can't stop themselves from loving her.