When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she
is sure her future will be filled with romance, eventually a family,
and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband
is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman.
Harriets sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in
marriage, but Harriet is determined to preserve her independent
spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her
to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish
everything she was born to do.
Two months after her wedding, Harriet discovers she is pregnant
just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip.
Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed. She begins to question her place
in her husbands heart and yearns for his return his letters are no
substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however,
nothing seems to have turned out as planned.
Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion
for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in
Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite
differing temperaments and expectations.