Meri is newly married to college professor Nathan. They relocate when he snags an excellent new job in the east, though she has mixed feeling about the move. Although pleased for her husband, she is losing a job she enjoys and an apartment she loves. Nathan decides that they will buy an attached house that is above their means --- mostly, Meri believes, because he discovers that his hero, ex-senator Tom Naughton, lives next door. She begins to wonder, not for the first time, what place she holds in their partnership.
Meri is somewhat mollified when she meets the senator's wife, Delia, an elderly yet vibrant