A sweeping tale of love, honor, and betrayal, set against the backdrop of post-World War II New York City. A chance meeting on the Staten Island Ferry brings together Jewish paratrooper Harry Copeland and aspiring singer Catherine Thomas Hale. Catherine is a wealthy heiress who hopes to one day sing on Broadway. She is also already engaged. Harry has recently returned home from the front to take over his deceased father's leather goods company. Is this mismatched couple doomed from the start? An elegant and enchanting romance from Helprin (Freddy and Fredericka, 2005).