When you open your door to strangers, you never know who might come in.
A train, traveling gently through the rolling hills of the Italian countryside, explodes. In one carriage, there are four survivors: "The General," an elderly English gentleman, Werner, a young German, Aimee, an orphaned eight-year old girl and Emily Delahunty, an English novelist who invites them to her home to recuperate.
Thrown together by misfortune, they find themselves attempting to rework the torn fabric of their lives, while a concerned police inspector attempts to piece together the events that brought them there.
When Aimee's straightlaced American uncle arrives to take her away, it shakes an already delicate household to the core. Will the magic of Emily's house in Umbria bring happiness to all? Or will happiness prove as elusive as the answers to the questions that bind them together?