This is a gripping story with provocative themes. It is set in New York, 1940. The country is teetering on the brink of war. A new art movement called Abstract Expressionism is burgeoning. European refugees are seeking asylum from rising fascism. Amid political turmoil, apromising career and a love affair are interrupted when a brilliant young artist banishes . . . and today, seventy years later, another struggling artist, her great-niece, is piecing together the truth about her disappearance--and so much more.