Monica Baumhauer is ready to accompany her husband, Nicholas, on a year-long sabbatical in Italy. They have found the perfect cove to call home, beneath vineyards and centuries-old buildings embedded in cliffs. Construction of a sailboat that will serve as both transportation and home is well underway. The couple has signed up for Italian lessons and sailing lessons. It seems that nothing will stand in the way of this long-anticipated adventure. Then Monica makes a discovery that will shatter all of their plans.