Miraculous providence or ticket to ruin? An application to an elite European college launches Robin Gatch on a desperate journey from the inner-city slums of America to Rome, the Eternal City. En route by rail Robin encounters Alex McIntosh, a New Yorker living abroad. Robin now finds herself on a odyssey of obsessive first love and dangerous living. With Alex or without him, can Robin survive to build a new life anywhere but Dupont Street, the very place she’s fled?