Tayari Jones's second novel centers around Aria Jackson, who as a child, lost her father and sister in a car accident. Years later, she's done her best to establish a life for herself. Until she thinks she is pregnant but finds instead that she is experiencing early menopause. At the local literacy center she works at, she is drawn to Keisha, a teen pregnant with her second child. Not wanting to tell her fiancé she's infertile, Aria claims to have lost the baby. But Dwayne's wish for a child remains. Aria watches as Keisha's pregnancy progresses, and Aria's life becomes layered with lies.
After dealing with the loss of her father and sister fifteen years ago, twenty-five-year-old Aria attempts to reinvent herself through marriage and beginning a family of her own, only to find that she must deal with the past before she can look to the future.