Little does young Kate Merritt realize that bringing home the half-starved five-year-old abandoned on the steps of her grandfather Reece’s church will set in motion a chain of events destined to reveal long-buried secrets in the town of Rosey Corner, Kentucky. Kate is Victor and Nadine’s middle child, a caretaker by nature with a tremendous sense of responsibility and a sunny, energetic nature. Little Lorena Birdsong captures her heart when she inquires whether Kate is the angel sent by her Mommy to bring food. Troubled by her father’s drinking after recurrent war-related PTSD nightmares and her mother’s emotional withdrawal, Kate is capably portrayed on the cusp of adolescence, as still very much a child in some ways, even while shouldering an adult role in keeping the family together.
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