Ellie Rae McNeal, a hair stylist and entrepreneur from Philadelphia, has been the head stylist on a Hollywood romantic comedy for the last four months. With just two months left, Ellie has found herself growing more attached to one of the cast members – a little girl named, Zoe Mattison. Her bright, five-year-old smile connects with Ellie’s heart day-after-day – especially when she jumps in Ellie’s chair, sassily demanding a ponytail here or streak of color there.
And then, there’s Jeremiah Lewis, a charming businessman, with respect, finesse and class. After Ellie accidentally dents his truck with her car door, their Philadelphia and Hollywood connection comes to the surface and Jeremiah lets Ellie off with a wink and a promise for lunch.
Everything is going great until the final month of filming. As the cast and crew start their thirty-day countdown, news circulates on set that Zoe’s mother was found dead while away in Barbados – a yacht trip gone horribly wrong. It’s clear her nanny, Nina, has no desire to take on motherhood and she’s made that clear to everyone on set. During one of Nina’s meltdowns, Ellie steps in just as the police arrive with Children & Family Services to take Zoe away.
With some convincing from Ellie and Jeremiah, Children and Family Services decide to let Zoe stay with Ellie so she can finish filming – on one condition: if a next of kin comes forward before then, Zoe will be removed from Ellie’s custody and turned over to them.
Once the chaotic moment is over, Ellie turns to Jeremiah, clearly confused as to why he went to bat for her. He says something that sends chills up her spine: “I’ve seen that little girl connecting with you for the last several months. She needs you. Maybe this is God’s way of telling you that you need her, too.”
Over the next several months, Ellie quickly realizes that Jeremiah and Zoe aren’t just strangers she stumbled upon – they were orchestrated into her life by God. The more time she spends with Jeremiah, and later, when she reconnects with Zoe, she learns to accept the idea that love doesn’t always come riding in on waves of fluffy ‘I love you’s’ and a bed of roses. Sometimes, most times, love comes crashing in, touching the pain in your life in ways that will make you desire more of it and run from it at the same time.
What will Ellie do when Jeremiah and Zoe starts to peel back layers of her childhood trauma just by providing the very thing she never had – unconditional love? Will Ellie lean into the way God answered her prayers for love or will she turn her blessings over to the voice of fear?