Had he been heir to a throne, Jack Conroy could not have felt the weight of expectation more. He'd go to Wall Street as his father had. But two things in particular about college complicate the family plan. First, Jack discovers an affinity for landscape design. Second, he's discovered Veronica Cashmiris. Jack's parents assume Veronica is a college infatuation that will yield to a call to service now that their son's graduated. It takes a lot of money to float the boat of our freedom, his father is fond of saying. Veronica is no passing fancy, though, and believes she knows a Jack his parents don't. Her Jack will do better in the small business environment of an expanding regional landscape company than on Wall Street. But the intuition of Veronica and inclination of Jack give way to the world-wise advice of Jack's parents. When Jack dies in the madness of 9/11, Veronica's torment is that she didn't do enough to stop him from going to Wall Street. His parents' torment? That they urged him to. It is not until Veronica gives birth to Jack's son that the pain of death yields to the joy of life and reconciliation and healing start.Kinsella, William is the author of 'A Cross Estate', published 2007 under ISBN 9781424166886 and ISBN 1424166888.