For Crystal Wyatt, growing up on a ranch in northern California, Hollywood was a dream...a dream that seemed a million miles away. Her beauty singled her out even in the remote rural valley where she was born... her sining had the power to move those around her to tears... her longing to explore the world beyond the valley drove on. And from the time she was fourteen, events would conspire to lead her to stardom. Not even the darkest scandals could keep her star from rising...even as it led her further from the man she had met and fallen in love with when she was barely more than a child.
For Spencer Hill, a handsome young officer returning from world War II. Crystal was a vision... a fourteen year old-girl whose beauty and radiance was a haunting but impossible presence. In spite of his doubts about what he really wanted, he would return to New York to become a lawyer. He would court and eventually marry the cool and determined Elizabeth Barclay, daughter of a Supremem Court Justice... and would find himself bound by professional, family and social ties that seemed unbreakable. But even as his star rose in Washington, in the brilliant circle that would become known as Camelot, his vision of Crystal held. And although he had chosen and chosen again as he watched her tranform from a glorious child into a beautiful, successful woman, he would be forced to make the final choice that could change his life forever, and cost him everything he had worked so hard to attain.
In time when men and women are driven to pursue their most ambitious goals, Danielle Steel probes the lives of two compelling characters who will achieve the heights in spite of the most daunting obstacles. And as the panoramic events of two trubulent decades unfold in Hollywood, Washington,and New York, she asks what really means to folow... to become... a star.