Kate is a college junior, a gifted student who skipped two grades in school, a naval officer’s daughter who’s lived in more places than she can remember. Shy and bookish, she’s never had a boyfriend, let alone been kissed or gone on a date. Kate thinks falling in love is something that only happens to other girls.
David is a college professor, a sailor, a brilliant scientist trapped in a failed marriage; he buries himself in teaching and research. David’s convinced that love has passed him by and he’ll go through life with an empty heart.
When Kate gets a campus job as David’s typist, they discover they’re both mistaken. Letters To My Mother is the story of a May-December romance set in 1950s Seattle.