A fictional account of a young girl’s extraordinary life, from the post-war East End of London to the high life of America and back again. It portrays Tessa Levy’s yearning for adventure and opportunity and ultimately love on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the youngest child of a large family who takes on with the responsibility of caring for her beloved dying mother. When her father secretly marries another woman Tessa’s world is shattered. She seeks solace with her distant cousins in America and at the tender age of 17 sets off on the adventure of a lifetime.
A year and a half later, she returns to England as a glamorous young women having fallen in love for the first time. However, she crosses the cultural divide and struggles to resettle, despite her family’s best efforts to reintegrate her into their Jewish community in London. Eventually meeting the man she will marry, she suffers another painful premature family death. She embarks on motherhood and a successful career but life continues to challenge her happiness. She finds herself torn between the two loves of her life; the handsome, poetic and artistic Gus in America; and the charismatic, successful, but disloyal David in England. Her romantic adventure, crosses back and forth between the two countries ultimately answering the underlying theme of the book, whether it is possible to love two men in one life.