Kristi Modlin is a young married woman living in the hills of Virginia. She works at a local university where she listens to inexperienced girls prattle on about boys and hair. Privately she is seeking to crystallize her past sorrows and future dreams in poetry. She spends her time loving her dog and husband equally, and looking forward to the day when she will live in a home library. The walls will be lined with shelves and a fireplace will cast a mirthful glow over her desk, where she will bask in language and warmth.