Spanning more than 40 years and over two continents, this is a novel set in the historical background of the latter part of the 20th century.
At age four, Nan fled from Communist China to Taiwan through a perilous journey led by her mother. There, she grew up in a meager yet nurturing environment. After college, she attended Cornell University for graduate studies. Her subsequent experience and close relationships with a group of five all-male fellow graduate students took her through an unexpected path that led to multiple tribulations. She fell in love with one who could only reciprocate her love in his heart but not in his action. She married another, yet their blissful life together was again mercilessly challenged. The brilliance of their minds was not able to protect them from human tragedies. Throughout, diverse social issues and human emotions were exposed and explored.
The various story lines are weaved together into one interconnected whole. It is a triumphant account of unrelenting love and friendship.