Late in the summer of 2005, starkly independent Jake Thornton was on the verge of turning 16,
expecting little more than his driver’s license in the fall, and the continuance of the quiet life
shared with his father. So when 14-almost-15 year old Sara moved in next door and began vying
for his father’s attention, Jake wasn’t exactly thrilled, and couldn’t quite understand his father’s
motives for allowing it. But certainly he never anticipated the dramatic shift their lives would
take as a result.
As the summer fades and autumn takes over, friendship between the two teenagers begins
blossoming into a bond, until fate steps in once more, threatening to tear them apart as quickly as
they’ve come together. The decisions that follow, and the emotive tale that results, opens Jake’s
eyes to the simple yet life altering truth, a truth that Sara has understood all along: that love—not
the feeling but the action—is the most powerful force in the world.