It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food and company of elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to more intellectual pursuits. Published author and poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe. Widowed while on tour, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College. When Henry meets Fanny, he sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love, Fanny is uncertain. He is ten years her senior and from a much lower social class. How could such a relationship ever thrive? Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever? Paperback. 327 pgs.