Where Mercy Flows : When Samantha Dodd ran away from home, it was for love. But seven years later, she finds herself a single mother struggling to get by, and when she fails to shake a lingering illness, she has no choice but to return to the river valley of her youth in Washington State. Accompanied by her son, TJ, Samantha fears she'll never earn the approval of her father, a justice of the state superior court with a rigid, black-and-white view of the world. As she discovers the severity of her illness, Samantha strives to make amends for the sins of her past. Donnie Duncan, her childhood friend, is no longer a boy but a man who seems to want more from her than she is free to give. Then, just as she begins to understand her brusque and powerful father, she learns his life is being threatened. As Samantha struggles with her own mortality and the need to see those she loves in a new light, she wonders if she will ever find where mercy flows.