The story is of Irish immigrants that after enduring difficult times in Ireland due to the potato famine, during the 1840's, have booked travel to migrate to the United States. The O'Brien women understand the importance of family and that survival is something that must be fought for. The trip across the North Atlantic is something that nightmares are made yet what every romance dreams of. When one must endure great tragedy, how will that person live with the memory of the ordeal and who will help them through it. Once to the United States, there are still great trials but the days begin to brighten, as America as a society may be in ruins. Are the families and communities going to come together or are going to turn on one another and focus on their own self-interests?