Tragedy brutally enters Mary’s life when her 15- year-old son, William, and her husband die In a car accident. She falls headlong into a bottomless well of grief. Then, one day, she places an ad in the local newspaper to find a substitute son who needs a substitute mother. Dramatic and theatrical, Mary’s search for meaning in her tragic destiny becomes a search for beauty and for life: She chooses four candidates, ranging in age from 17 to 40. Mary and her four new "sons" tap deeply into each others’ impossible needs. Mary is no longer alone, and though often terrified by the prospect of loss, she discovers the will to survive is stilt there and that the broken heart can heal.