In the late 19th century, wife and mother Chiara enjoys her full and happy life—yet spells of melancholy haunt her. She seeks respite from her inner darkness at the new seaside cottage she and her husband have built, but wonders if she'll truly find it. More than a hundred years later, Luna, her husband and son discover the charm of Cape May when they rent a cozy summer home, and the sunny days bring the family closer. But like Chiara, Luna suffers from moments of despair, and when tragedy strikes, these parallel timelines collide. Bridging the gap between the Victorian era and the modern day, The Age of Buoyancy explores immigration, family life and depression against the backdrop of defining moments in American history.