Suzy Fisher's death spurs a life-altering series of events in the Pennsylvania Amish community. She drowned when rowing with a group of Englischers, and her unbaptized wayward ways mean she has surely been kept out of heaven. Nellie Mae's grief for her sister is overwhelming. Some individuals in the community are becoming interested in modern leisures, and their desires to own tractors and embrace salvation lead to excommunication. On the eve of a great schism in the church, Caleb Yoder begins secretly courting Nellie Mae. The two struggle to stay together as their families are divided. The Parting is the winning inaugural installment of a three-book series exploring young emotion, family life and a contentious rebirth. Beverly Lewis' extensive research supports a vivid story.