Sara Will is not usually discussed as a young adult novel because the principal characters, Sara Will Burney and Swanee Hope Burney Calhoun, are adults. However, there are two young adults in the novel, Eva and Michael, and the story focuses on bringing these two generations together.
Sara Will and her sister Swanee Hope have been living together in rural, western North Carolina. In the isolation of their mountain family home, the two sisters have grown to tolerate and love each other despite their obvious differences. However, their slow and quiet lives are soon interrupted with the arrival of a middle-aged bachelor and his unwed teenage niece and her infant daughter.