Bernard Doyle has lost his wife to illness, his oldest son to get-rich-quick-at-the-expense-of-others morality, his older adopted son to academia and his youngest to dreamy hopes of priesthood. Yet one night after a Jess Jackson speech to which he drags the younger two, all the Doyles' lives are changed when Tip is pushed out of the path of an oncoming vehicle by a passing woman. In a moment not only does the younger Doyles' birth mother enter all of their lives, but so does her 11 year old daughter. This spurs changes in everyone's inter-relations, and changes how they think of themselves, their futures, and their dreams.
This examination of hope, personal growth and the real meaning of family proceeds to investigate what it means to be a parent, what is owed to family, and what is owed to the self.
I highly recommend it.