In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoonMarshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto, “Give the lady what she wants.” His legendary charm also won the heart ofsocialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair.
The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Deliawatches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, shecan’t imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about tochange—nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be thefire but more so the man she meets that night.
Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Fieldreopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something theworld has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store. He andhis powerhouse coterie—including Potter Palmer and George Pullman—usher in theage of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation.
But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddledwith scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out ofloneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despitedisgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when anadolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of Chicago’sWorld’s Fair of 1893.