When 9-year-old Tom Newton is saved from icy death by a man who disappears into the night, the story captures public attention. But days pass and the mystery deepens until other news drives it from the front page. Tom's mother, Sara, begins to fear she may never be able to thank her son's rescuer, and worse: that Tom will go on believing that he was rescued by the spirit of his dead father. Eventually, the local hero is identified as Owen Adair, a wealthy, reclusive publisher who believes you have to take risks if you want to get ahead. Owen has a poor opinion of his impulsive action and dismisses Sara's gratitude. He has troubles of his own, and she is more than happy to help him because of his brave act. But when he tries to pay her, Sara's gratitude changes to loathing. By then, however, the entire city is avidly involved, thanks to the media, and Sara and Owen find their names inextricably linked. Sara must solve the riddle of a man with a host of friends who never see him, while Owen grapples with the knowledge that Sara dislikes the best thing about him. Owen's Day explores giving and receiving, and the value of risk-taking as a catalyst for human progress.