Therese Marie Crutcher and John Anthony Marin, college sweethearts who like many couples planned to marry after graduation and begin a life together. During their senior year, John’s three sisters discover a daunting family secret that makes Therese question life with the love of her life.
The secret, Huntington’s disease, a progressive, protracted, deadly brain disorder killed their mother, Phyllis Iva, who lived at Napa State Hospital for eighteen years. Huntington’s usually strikes between the ages of 30-45, stealing a person’s ability to walk, talk, and think. John and his three sisters each have a 50/50 chance of inheriting it.
After much soul searching, Therese takes the biggest gamble of her life and marries John knowing the possible consequences of her decision. She embraces life with John, a life shrouded in uncertainty of Huntington’s disease and their love deepens creating a bond that cannot be broken. At times stress consumes Therese but she always finds comfort and strength in her soulmate. As Lora, Marcia and then Cindy fall prey to HD, Therese tries to manage her fear while compassionately caring for her three friends.
Therese lives in Auburn with John, now 62 years young, the surviving sibling of the Marin family devastated by Huntington’s disease. Both are retired and involved in local social issues that are dear to their hearts such as homelessness, art, Huntington’s disease and precious open space in Placer County.