Emma Gant has just graduated with a journalism degree. She moves to Miami to work as a reporter for the Miami Star and to be near her married lover, Paul. It is 1959 and Emma is soon fascinated by the Cuban exiles living in her hotel, the Julia Tuttle, who tell her their stories of Cuba under Castro. Many appear hopeful that the Castro problem will somehow resolve itself so they can return home, but others are joining the revolution to battle him.
Ambitious Emma yearns for a big story as she labors over the obituary notices. She is jealous that another reporter made his name years before on a juicy story revolving around Ginev