It's the height of World War II, but Italian immigrants Anna and
Arturo Terranova and their four children have high hopes as they
settle into their new apartment in a colorful, working-class
section of Manhattan's West Side. They are finally coming together
as a family. Then suddenly the war, which seemed so far away, comes
crashing into their lives and changes them in a tragic and profound
way. It won't be the last time this warm, loving family is tested
by armed conflict.
Follow the Terranovas from 1944 right up to the present as they
struggle to make their dreams come true in a country caught up in
war time and time again. Can they overcome the terrible emotional
toll that several different wars take on them and their loved
Inspired in part by the author's life growing up in Hell's
Kitchen, this is more than a story about war and what it can do to
people on America's home front. It's also a story about the power
of family and togetherness in the face of the destructive and
divisive force of war and terrorism. It's a story of hope for our
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