Russell Calloway, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow. As he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing --- or ruinous --- opportunity. Meanwhile, his wife Corrine devotes herself to helping feed New York City’s poor. Soon they discover they’re being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance. Then Corrine’s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears.