In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon
Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto, “Give the lady what she wants.” His legendary charm also won the heart of
socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair.
The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia
watches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, she
can’t imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about to
change—nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be the
fire but more so the man she meets that night.
Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field
reopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something the
world has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store. He and
his powerhouse coterie—including Potter Palmer and George Pullman—usher in the
age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation.
But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled
with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of
loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite
disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an
adolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of Chicago’s
World’s Fair of 1893. Download and start listening now!