It's the year, 1883 and Alistair Sampson is a wealthy farmer living on a secluded ranch in Avoy, Georgia. He is also hiding a secret from the town, something so big he could be hung if found out. Since his wife ran out on him, Alistair is finding himself lonely, so he decides to offer room and board to the new school teacher.
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To those of you who love an easy chair, a mug, a pipe, and a story; to whom a well-swept hearth is a delight and the cheery crackle of hickory logs a joy; the touch of whose elbows sends a thrill through responsive hearts and whose genial talk but knits the circle the closer, – as well as those gentler spirits who are content to listen – how rare…
Thomas Milton is a teacher from Boston, who is also hiding a secret. Ever since he was caught in an "ungodly" act with one of his students, he's been in hiding. After applying for a teaching job in his hometown, he is offered the position, as well as room from a local farmer.
When the two men meet at the train station, they're disgusted to see the other. Both men were mortal enemies in school. As the days pass, both men realize they have a deep attraction to the other. Can they make peace with their past, and become more than friends? Most important of all, will the town ever find out their secret?