Looking back on her life, Maggie O'Connor is rightfully pleased. Fifty years ago, she left Ireland with a single suitcase and a dream. After a long and satisfying career, she is enjoying retirement on her farm in rural Wisconsin - until she falls.
Determined to regain her independence, she hires Isobel, a young woman who is also an emigrant. Helping Maggie clean the house, Isobel finds a cache of letters that Maggie wrote to her parents those many years ago and begins to read them aloud to Maggie.
But the letters contain a secret - one that Maggie has kept for 50 years. A secret that threatens to destroy her life and that of the people around her. With little time left, she must make a choice - give up, or face her past.
A Measured Thread is a powerful story that explores questions of guilt, abandonment, redemption, and the consequences of the choices we make.