Two mothers. Two daughters. One heart.
When Alison’s beloved daughter Amalie drowns, her world turns impenetrably dark. Alison tries to hold it together throughout the bleak Norwegian autumn, but in the darkest days of winter she falls apart.
Meanwhile, for another family, Amalie’s death provides a new beginning. After years of severe health problems, young Kaia receives a new heart the morning after Amalie drowns. Her single mother, Iselin, has sacrificed and struggled to raise Kaia, and things are finally looking up. She’s pursuing her art again in a new, exciting way and has even made an affluent new friend who has taken a special interest in her and Kaia.
Alison knows that her behavior is inappropriate and dangerous. But she’s just trying to help Iselin and Kaia. She can give them the kind of life they’ve never had. By staying close to them, she can still be with her daughter. Kaia is just like Amalie, and Alison is convinced that aspects of Amalie live on in her.
As Alison’s grief transforms into obsession, she won’t allow anything to stop her from getting back what she has lost.