One Eternal City. Three women. Three wishes. Three coins.
Emma, an American expat living in Rome for twenty years, can’t count on her ex-husband to help out with the kids when things get tough. Dario Rinaldi, famed plastic surgeon to the stars, is too busy gallivanting around Europe with young women to take an interest in his family.
Beautiful Tiffany, born and bred in Iowa, is desperate to get a spot as a dancer on an Italian television show. But is she willing to do whatever it takes to make her dreams of TV stardom come true?
Annarita, from an Italian-American family in Yonkers, teaches English to over-privileged Italians and regularly has her heart trampled by boyfriends all wrong for her. As her mother is always quick to point out, nothing has gone right for her since she moved to Italy. And she isn’t getting any younger, either.
Emma, Tiffany and Annarita all meet up by chance at a 1950s movie night while on a restorative holiday at a beach resort off-season. The triumphs and hardships of these three very different women become intertwined as they form an unlikely friendship and work to better their messy lives.
Knuckles already white, Emma clutched the steering wheel even tighter. She cursed as a driver cut in, missing her fender by a hair. She never yelled such obscenities in her own language, but her Italian vocabulary could rival a sailor’s as crazy Roman drivers swarmed around her. Remaining docile in the right lane never helped. The drivers still cut in erratically, while others remained stubbornly glued to her rear bumper.
The scooters swarmed around her like locusts, not always traveling in the correct direction. It was impossible to gauge their intentions when they often didn’t appear to know themselves. Emma had long been convinced the blinkers never gave out in Italian cars, since no one ever bothered to use them.
Of course, the traffic was more annoying today following the meeting at Chiara’s school. Her teenage daughter was in trouble. Again. Her grades were slipping, and she was talking back to teachers. She’d even skipped an afternoon of class and forged Emma’s signature on the note.