Shortly after the War of Independence, Hannah sees her family being torn apart by old secrets and new developments, as her sister resolves to marry a sea captain and other siblings prepare to help start a new town in the Northwestern Territory. Hannah had always been the strong one. The one who cared for her brothers and sisters after her mother died and while her father was out at sea. Now everything is changing. Her father has become distant and her siblings are planning lives of their own. Hannah comes up with the idea for a quilt--the quilt she hopes will help bring her family together again.