The Miltons, of Manhattan, Oyster Bay, and Crocketts Island in Maine, are WASPs who see themselves and their values as the backbone of America. We first meet Kitty Milton, the matriarch, in the late 1930s, on a day when her husband is doing business with the Nazis, and she is experiencing a tragedy that will mark her life. The Miltons buy a private island in Maine, Crocketts, to help them heal as a family. We follow the Miltons through three generations marked by social upheaval until the present day. Blake tackles class and race in this absorbing novel.