Kathy is in conflict with her mother over who she should marry – Andrew, who has just graduated as a medical doctor or Alistair, a journalist and the son of her mother’s rich friend and bridge partner. Kathy believes she is in love with Andrew so when Alistair repeatedly insists that they get married she tells him to get lost. Kathy suggests to Andrew that they take a vacation together in Portugal to celebrate his graduation but he refuses claiming that his surgery training begins in a few days. Saddened, Kathy goes alone to Lisbon where, in a strange way, she meets a young Professor of History, Jorge, who is a widower. They become friends. That sets off a further conflict with her mother and the insistent Alistair. In due course Kathy realizes that love exists in different worlds, not just in geography or culture but also in people.
Gardiner M. Weir is a biologist by profession but story writing has been his main pastime since an undergraduate. He met his Portuguese wife, Helia, while both were postgraduates at London University. His profession has taken him and his family to live in several countries, two in Africa and three in S. America. They are now living happily in the United States as American citizens with their three daughters, a son and six grandchildren.