Young Adelia Monteforte begins the summer of 1941 aboard a crowded ship bound for America, utterly alone but free of Fascist and anti-Jewish Italy. Whisked away to the seaside by her aunt and uncle, Addie slowly adapts to her new life. She meets the boisterous Irish Catholic boys next door, and although she adores all four Connally brothers, it’s the eldest, Charlie, she pines for. But all hopes for a future together are destoyed by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.
To distance herself from grief, Addie flees — first to Washington and then London, where the bombs still scream down on the city at night — and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, a purpose, and a voice, perhaps even a chance to redeem lost time, lost family, and lost love. But the past, never far behind, nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. In a final, fateful choice Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.