Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers and move into the small apartment above their bakery. This year, teir daughters move in, too; Florence has returned from college, and Fannie is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. After they take in a mysterious young woman whom they helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is very full. When an anti-Semitic hotel heir falls for Florence and the family experiences misfortune, Esther pull her family into a web of lies that will bring long-buried tensions to the surface.
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