Helen Allston and her daughter Eulah are enjoying all the perks their first-class passage affords aboard the Titanic.
Fast forward three years to Boston where Sibyl, the eldest daughter of Helen and Harlan Allston, and reluctant matriarch of the family, is attending an annual seance. This secret and somber affair is dedicated to communicating with departed loved ones lost on the Titanic.
Flashback to 1868 Shanghai where Harlan is a novice sailor trying to make a name for himself.
From seedy back alleys and opium dens to the lavish lifestyles of the privileged upper class, this novel brings together three distinct settings to produce a vivid snapshot of life during the turn of the century.