Concert pianist Frederick Priestley, Freddy to his friends, struggles to come to terms with the tragic death of his parents when he was 10 years old. Freddy lives in London with his wife, the stunning but fiery French actress Gabrielle, and their young daughter Marguerite. Despite loving Gabrielle, Freddy still can't forget his first love, the beautiful Margo, from the Chicago Conservatory of Music days. Freddy and Margo had planned a future together, but their relationship is rocked when their lives take a different course. Margo wants marriage and family, whereas Freddy shoots for a solo career without family responsibility. They say goodbye on a rainy Sunday in London. Years later Freddy is invited to participate in the conservatory's 75th anniversary celebration in Chicago with a series of concerts and master classes. With Margo living in Chicago, there is a good chance for the old feelings to flare up and cause chaos in Freddy's rocky marriage. Whistling to Cairo is a love story set against the backdrop of the concert music and jazz worlds. The cast of relatable and memorable players take the reader into lives that are intertwined as friends and lovers.