1898-a spring day in Presov. Meyer, thirteen, dances down the cobblestone street balancing a tray of his father's freshly baked strudel to be delivered to Gereaud's Restaurant after which he will secretly meet Mary Catherine in front of the Church of St. Nicholas. But as he rounds the corner he's met with groups of angry men slinging rocks at windows, smashing doors of shops, overturning carts, wagons, baby carriages, slashing at the shocked onlookers with whips, and shouting, "Kill the Jews! Kill the Jews!" This is an organized uprising-a pogrom. Fearing the rise of anti-semitism and rumors of compulsory conscription, Meyer is sent from the world he loves to the strange "golden land" of America. As history unfolds in the background, from the nineteenth century and the Belle Epoque, to the twentieth century and the Age of Aquarius, Meyer journeys you through success and defeat, love and loss, and unexpected obstacles and challenges from l'dor v'dor, generation to generation.