In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull of an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 30 years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who has disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the way AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter.