The author tells the story of beautiful and headstrong young woman, Devon Marshall, a southern miss from Richmond, Virginia, whose father, a newspaper publisher, has just killed himself, leaving her orphaned. Wanting to be a journalist during a time when it was almost unheard of for a woman to desire such an occupation, she knows that she must leave the pillaged South and head North to New York.
Her passage North is made possible when she meets handsome and dashing Keith Curtis, a married multi-millionaire and financier from New York and, initially, becomes his reluctant mistress. Once in New York, however, and despite resistance to the idea by Keith, Devon slowly begins her quest to fulfill her dream of a career in journalism. Her dream eventually comes into conflict with her sweeping romance with Keith, who fails to understand her dream.
As Devon begins to move among the power brokers of New York, from those in the financial district to those of Tammany Hall, where greed and corruption are the bywords of the day, she begins to make a name for herself among the journalistic glitterati. Finding herself enmeshed with the feminist vanguard of the day, she also finds herself straddling two worlds, that of her journalistic dream and that of her illicit, back door liaison with Keith. It is little wonder that she one day finds her worlds colliding.
This is romantic historical fiction at its best, infused with actual, well-known personages of the day, historical events, and the social mores of nineteenth century America. It is rich in the profundities of human nature and gripping in its storytelling. It tells a tale about life among the rich and famous in nineteenth century New York and Washington, D.C. and of one woman's search to achieve the American dream.