The crisp air of hunting season holds a chill of fear for sixty-two-year-old Maisie, who sits in her remote mountain cabin awaiting the annual visit of her lover David, as she has every year for decades. But for the first time, he is late. Has something happened to him? Has he forgotten her or abandoned her after all these long years?
Maisie’s thoughts run through the cycles of seasons of waiting and seasons of loving that have marked her life as surely as did the spring rains, summer gardens, and fall harvests. Maisie’s life is tied to her family’s ancestral land, and she cannot leave the hill farm where she was born and raised. Work, another life, separate from hers, and family obligations keep David in town in the valley. He escapes only once a year for the long walk up the mountain to Maisie’s arms, but the two fit a year’s worth of loving sensuality and sexual passion into each of those treasured weeks. The two are bonded in a deeply erotic, spiritual relationship that defies conventional terms and yet is as pure and wholesome as new milk and fresh hay.
Night falls, and Maisie fears the worst, but finally David arrives, to make the electrifying announcement that will radically change both his life and Maisie’s.