In the fall of 1901, beautiful, self-centered Celeste Wells twirls her parasol as she strolls down North Avenue, waiting to be noticed by handsome, shy Willie Strauff. She is certain that life will deliver her dreams – love, and a house on Mt. Vernon Place.
But fate selects a different path. The vagaries of fate and her own decisions result in blow after blow. With each one she finds an inner strength and continues. With few complaints, she replaces her dream of an entitled future with an acceptance of the circumstances of her life. She blames no one, least of all herself, and acknowledges that she has been most content when she was on her own, with her work, her books, her conversations with her adored Willie. She dies content with her life choices.