Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson retreats to the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan, after breaking her engagement. Troubled and filled with questions about her new-found faith, Anna finds solace in Derk Vander Veen, a seasonal hotel worker who plans to go into the ministry. Prompted by her son's request, Geesje de Jonge is writing her memories of emigrating from the Netherlands almost fifty years ago. Her story captivates Derk, who sees similarities between Geesje and Anna. Past and present collide as Derek brings the two together.