By late June 1970, Rob Grant's life is in total disarray. The woman he would have married is gone from his life. His younger son, Greg, has been confined by the state of Connecticut and is three months into their long drug rehabilitation program. Then the company Rob worked for on Wall Street retrenched and abolished a number of corporate level management jobs. His was among them, and he's now out of work. As the summer progresses, he discovers that the job market is extremely tight. Finally, he gets an offer. But if he accepts it, his career path would be altered and he's not at all certain it's the right choice to make. Into the new year, Rob's older son, Mike, finds troubles of his own, and then major financial setbacks begin to shadow the Grant family. Before the year is out, Rob falls on hard times and is forced to look elsewhere for housing. In the end, he has no choice but to accept the fact that he'll have to relocate from his home in Sheffield, Connecticut to a less expensive area. Throughout this difficult period, his companion, Kim Rossi, offers Rob her love-and her unwavering support. Eventually, Rob's outlook brightens.
His income picture improves, and he's finally able to go forward with his long delayed plans to build a small lakeside retreat in rural Massachusetts. The decision results in two significant developments that lead to permanent changes in his life. The events, as they come about, are timely since Rob's love affair with New York has lost its glow. At long last, the future shows promise when both his romantic interests and diverse professional involvements give his life a fresh new meaning.