Born on enchanting Oberon Island in the Chesapeake Bay, Sydney Hamilton grew up with every advantage of wealth and privilege. Then, in 1948, the twenty-one-year-old Wellesley student meets struggling actor Jordan Eliot. Suddenly, another world beckons. Casting aside her own ambitions-and her legacy to one of the nation's most powerful newspapers-Sydney journeys from Manhattan to Hollywood...only to discover that love alone cannot sustain her. Returning to New York, she fights for her place in a changing world. But as she fulfills one dream beyond her wildest expectaions, other, more intimate dreams will be tested.