Set between 1940 and 1963, A Favor Returned captures the changing dynamics of families, communities and the nation in the post-World War II era as prosperity and a confidence bordering on arrogance seemed to envelop the country. The historical background mingles with the thread of possibility that there truly may be people who are in this world but not of it, people whose decency and honesty appear too good to be true. Coupled with this is the unsettling chance that unselfish and compassionate actions by these “saints on earth” may set into motion devastatingly tragic consequences. Jennifer Proctor firmly believes in a loving God who had placed some people on earth to help others be happier but time and time again she must face the frustrating fact that He doesn’t explain how this process is supposed to work. When Ross Becker is faced with the final, heart-wrenching dilemma of A Favor Returned, he at last realizes the desperate and utter truth of Jennie’s frustration.