Is life just a matter of happenstance and coincidence...or is there something more at play in peoples' lives?
That is what you are asked to decide as you follow the life of a charismatic young man born to immigrant parents in 1908 that sees him through a strict upbringing, with unusual interests that lead him to an unwanted marriage ending in divorce. He subsequently falls in love at first sight with a young teacher who is destined to become a nun...and as a Catholic can never marry a divorced man.
And that's where serendipity sets in; with diverse coincidences over a ten year period as the young man alters the lives of nearly everyone he meets as he trudges through the Depression years, encountering one obstacle after another in his quest for the woman he loves. And all the while, he is living a semi-nomadic life of deception; at times just a step ahead of the law.
The story is inspired by real people and events and is told by the elderly daughter of the main character, Joe, 60 years after his untimely death.