The book begins in the 1950s on Whidbey Island, Washington, where Tom’s mother, Helen North, becomes a widow when she was just 30 years old and pregnant with her eighth child. Not long after, Helen met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with ten children, and they moved to Carmel, California. The North children were adopted and their names where changed to Beardsley.
In 1968, the family was featured in the movie, “Yours, Mine and Ours”, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. But it wasn’t one big happy family as the movie depicted. The stepfather’s violence and sexual abuse created a life of intimidation, turmoil, fear and depression for the North children. When he finally leaves home, Tom travels on a journey of self-discovery, survival and healing.
Years later, Tom leads the family to counseling sessions where shocking truths are revealed. He then comes full circle as he reclaims his father’s name and is finally, True North.