A coming-of-age story about faith, love, and overcoming the prejudices of society in the American antebellum era.
In 1810 Lucy Hallison suffered from a serious illness at the age of three and later recovered from being deaf and dumb. It cannot refer to the world in which it lives. It is often ignored and sometimes treated with cruelty. Until a boy, Samuel Burke, enters her life at the tender age of seven, colors her world and shows her what it means to be seen, not invisible, to be understood.
The two become inseparable friends in their childhood, and as they grow and mature there is a promise and hope for something more that grows between them. But hope for something more is put on hold so that she can attend the American Asylum in Hartford for the deaf and dumb, the first of its kind. She has to leave the only house she has ever known and the only boy she has ever loved.
But while she's gone, the tragedy strikes, and Samuel is now the one who is unable to relate to the world in which he lives, unable to find his own voice, and withdraw from everyone and everything, what he has ever known.
When Lucy returns home from school, she has one goal in mind: to bring color back to his world as he once colored it.
Because Samuel Burke had been her voice when she needed him the most.
Now she is determined to be his.
Note: Inspired by real people and real historical reports.