Have you ever made a decision that changed the course of your life?
In the early 1970s, high school students Ellie and Jay fall in love. Like most small towns of that time, Greenville Ohio has a proscribed set of rules they expect young people to follow. Ellie and Jay step beyond the boundaries or these rules. The only thing that guides their behavior is the love they feel for each other.
At sixteen Ellie discovers she is pregnant and both she and Jay are forced to navigate an adult world before they are ready. Young and in love they rely on each other as they build their life together.
From the start, she and Jay are observed by the community like fish in a fishbowl. The big question is everyone’s mind is how long their marriage will last. The odds are calculated, and bets are placed.
With the odds stacked against them, they battle to preserve their love, insatiable desire, marriage, and family.
One night Ellie witnesses something that jeopardizes their life together. Fearful she will be forced to support herself and her children alone; Ellie takes the necessary steps to secure her future.
Plagued by fear, self-doubt and insecurity, the path she finds to the future surprises even her.
If love and sex are included in a business deal, can it still be called business?
Charleigh Chace lives in Naperville Illinois. She spent her childhood and youth in the gymnastics gym and her adulthood pursuing her MBA and starting her upscale stationery store. Maybe that’s why at the age of twenty-seven she is still a virgin. Now the business is in serious financial trouble, and the money she borrowed from her parents, which they will soon need to retire is in jeopardy. The only solution in sight looks like bankruptcy, abandoning her dream, and moving far from the parents she has already let down. Then Charleigh meets Elias Graham, a thirty-one year old junk man. He works in the business his parents have spent their entire married life building, and though he believes they need to retire, they won’t hear of it until he demonstrates he has his feet firmly planted in the business. Through his acumen, Elias helped their little business name Jeff’s Salvage Yard, grow into a multi-million dollar business by the name of Urban Recovery; one that Hollywood turns to when they need historically accurate set elements. A chance encounter at a bookstore brings Elias and Charleigh together where Elias proposes a business deal that benefits both of them: Charleigh poses as his rock solid girlfriend; he pays her to do so, and everyone can move on. Fate has other plans for them. Both fall in love with the other but know the deal is off the table the moment either reveals their true feelings. The inability to say how they truly feel about each other leads to misunderstandings, heartache and separation. Only time and circumstances beyond their control will determine whether they can find a future together