Suddenly Dannie's fairy tale comes to an end. A rich newcomer to Truro builds a hideous "trophy house" down the beach from the Fabers', irritating the town's inhabitants before he's even moved in and setting off shock waves that erupt in a nasty racial incident. With an unfortunate turn of events, Dannie's life begins to unravel. Beth loses her boyfriend and quits her job, her best friend falls in love with the owner of the "trophy house", and Dannie's own marriage falls apart.
"[An] astute, witty romance, beguilingly set in the Cape Cod towns of Truro and Provincetown....Readers will bond with Bernays's prickly, opinionated, bighearted heroine." (Publishers Weekly)