Author Loretta Ellsworth has written a number of books for young adults. This is her first novel aimed at an adult reader. The reader is taken back and forth in time as the main character recalls her life and cherished memories. The historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is part of the setting weaved together with a 1940's World War II backdrop. Ellsworth grew up in Mason City and her own parents met at the Surf Ballroom.