The Miltons typify the old money Wasp family who are used to running the country, as sure of their place as their power. And when, in 1936, Kitty and Ogden Milton buy an island in Maine to pass the summers, it seems the fitting expression of the myth.
1959. New York City. Brilliant and ambitious Len Levy lands a job at Ogden’s investment bank. Len has a vision of making investing available to the masses, and Ogden is proud to have hired a Jew. That hot summer, Len falls in love with his boss’ eldest daughter, Joan Milton. The two lovers meet secretly, knowing that in August Joan will go up to the island, leaving Len behind to archive the firm’s early papers.
But when sifting through the records, Len discovers a past investment that unsettles him, not just as a Jew, but as an American. He and his friend, Reg Pauling, show up uninvited at the very place the Miltons hold sacred, their island, to confront Ogden. The explosive consequences of their arrival reverberate through three generations of Miltons, leaving the youngest to confront the place where family history meets national history, and the cost of fifty years of silence.