Elliott North is a Luddite, the elite sect of society, but she longs for more than her life has given her. She cannot stop thinking about Kai, a Post boy, who is thought to be beneath her station. Elliott and Kai communicate through letters until Elliott's mother dies and she is forced to make an unthinkable decision. Kai leaves and Elliott believes that she will never see him again. However, her father's extravagance has forced her to take on tenants on part of her grandfather's land, and Kai is among them. Yet, Kai is different--self-assured and stand-offish. Elliott feels guilty for what she was forced to do four years prior, but Kai will not listen to her. What will happen in the society as things are changing?
This story is told in an interesting fashion as alternating chapters are letters written by Elliott and Kai in their childhood. It was fascinating to get the back story in this way. I highly recommend this good read.