While on a church invite to an upcoming revival the assistant pastor and two children encounter a cantankerous old man sitting on his front porch swing. The old man demands that they stay off his property. He is not interested in what they have to say. Against the wishes of the assistant pastor twelve-year-old Emily Teagle strode up to the front porch to give the man a religious track. In anger, the man throws the track on the floor. The assistant pastor takes Emily’s hand and they leave.
Emily returns the next day and offers to cut the man’s grass. At first, he refuses, but she is relentless. Later, she learns that his name is Buck. Through her stubbornness a close relationship begins to form. As time goes by Emily learns of the man’s fractured life that has brought him to where he is. With her help and a determination to follow God’s leading she sets out to help Buck mend his life. For a time, things go well, but then tragedy strikes and it seems that Buck’s past is about to repeat itself.
It was supposed to be a fun Florida vacation for Mark and his girlfriend. Their host—Mark’s best friend Chris—lives in the manufactured home community of Paradise Palms in a small town outside of Orlando. But when Chris is arrested and jailed on drug charges Mark’s world quickly spins out of control.
Ten years ago Chris saved Mark from going to jail after Mark killed a college girl in a drunk driving accident. Now the tables are turned and Chris expects Mark’s help, but how far should Mark go to help save his friend?
When Mark promises to help Chris’s drug business survive while Chris is in jail, Mark ends up involved with Jen, an exotic dancer, and doing drugs with her. Mary—one of the Paradise Palms residents—has special gifts that can help save Mark from himself, but what path will Mark choose?
In the tight-knit neighborhood of Paradise Palms, Mary’s empathic nature is tested by other challenges from within the community. She is the caretaker of her anxiety-ridden father and of her aging surrogate mother. Patrick, a gay teenager beset by an intolerant father, seeks Mary support, as well.
Paradise Palms central story is Mark’s inner struggle and the ultimate choices he makes. Mark knows that the allure of sex and drugs will not rid him of the demons from his past, but there’s a price to pay on his road to redemption.