Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottomJunior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit s end. Nothing he s done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa s adolescent rebellion isn t helping matters. As Daniel s hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear"