Rupert Falkes dies of cancer and his widow, Eleanor, and their 5 adult sons cope with the aftermath. Rupert was a foundling, raised by an Anglican priest at an orphanage in England. He comes to America, becomes a wealthy lawyer and marries exceptionally well. Eleanor is Manhattan upper crust, educated at the best schools. This is the story of a marriage and its secrets and its truths. Eleanor is tested by the appearance of two sons whose mother claims they are owed part of the large estate. The novel explores the theme of how much parents and children, husbands and wives, really know about each other, and how much knowing your family of origin shapes you. Or, in Rupert’s case, not. I especially liked the depiction of life in the rarified world of upper class New Yorkers. An engaging story with a happy-ish ending.