Siobhan O'Malley searches in life for a lasting love, friends, and experiencing the loss of both. A somewhat stoic young woman she is undaunted. Her four close friends move on leaving her alone in search of her Mexican mother's family in the Texas border town of Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso. Her search for family takes her to her father's brothers in North Dakota.
In Part Two we meet Dennis Flaherty, a police detective, whose friends, love, and loss mirror that of Siobhan. At the end of the novel Dennis and Siobhan find one another by accident on the park bench, a metaphor symbolic of their lives of searching and that plays a pivotal role in their lives.