It's the first day of December, snow is in the air, and Gracie Singleton Sylor's shopping for a Christmas tree when she runs smack into Merett Bradmoore, her high school hero. She can tell at once he's not the happy-go-lucky guy he used to be.
Fifteen years ago, Gracie's family faced a holiday without food or gifts and the handsome high school senior came to their rescue. Gracie, a freshman, fell a little in love with Merett that night and she's believed ever since that dreams do come true. Seeing that Merett, widowed with a seven-year-old daughter, has changed, Gracie is determined to return his gift of optimism. But can she return his hope without losing her own?
Enter the zoning board, an old enemy, and the personal problems of her two sisters Hope and Faith. Mix in a mischievous cat named Spook, a
huge furry mutt named Dumbbell, and a man who's showing the spirit of Scrooge, and you wonder. Can holiday magic triumph?