This family drama explores the private lives of a wealthy and socially prominent family living in Cleveland. Danny and Amy Wainwright, a brother and sister, have escaped a dysfunctional upbringing and made new lives and careers in San Francisco. They are sucked back into a vortex of painful memories after their father, who heads a successful investment firm, suffers a cerebral aneurism, is hospitalized and on the verge of death. Subsequent events show that neither his life nor those of his wife, Elaine, have been what they seem. Danny and Amy discover a trail of secrets that threatens to shatter the peace of their new lives. The novel is in the great tradition of family drama from Austen to Thomas and Tom Wolfe.