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  • Two wealthy, independent young people meet in Venice and fall in love; as the young woman becomes hooked on heroin, their affair takes a tragic turn.

  • Marcus, a nice, rich Jewish boy from New York City, meets and falls in love with Jennifer, a girl from Oyster Bay, while they are both in Venice. He follows her to her home on Long Island and ultimately to the top of a high-rise on the New Jersey Palisades, where begins a romantic reminiscence, in extended flashbacks, that ultimately leads to tragedy.

  • Young adults Marcus Rottner and Jenny Da Silva are among New York's idle rich, but have vastly different backgrounds. Jenny comes from old money, she still living with her self-absorbed mother and the latest in a long line of stepfathers on an Oyster Bay estate on Long Island, while Marcus lives off a trust left to him by his now deceased grandfather, self-made racketeer Max Rottner, Marcus' monthly allowances more than he knows with what to do as he embarks on one artistic endeavor after another in whatever his current apartment he decides to live in in the city. His only surviving relative is his older sister Sel, who he tries to avoid in she trying to control his life, especially as she believes he has issues which need to be dealt with by a psychiatrist. Within twenty-four hours of spotting her for the first time across a piazza in Venice where they were both vacationing at the time, Marcus knew that he had fallen in love with free-spirited Jenny, he doing whatever required to make her happy. As Marcus and Jenny now sit in the living room of his latest apartment on the New Jersey side of the river, Marcus can't help but reminisce about their relationship - which is told in flashback - due to her current state. The only consistency in that relationship is its inconsistency, Jenny often dropping out of his life as quickly as she entered it, with Marcus hoping to see her again, he occasionally making the effort to locate her. As Marcus loosely plans for their future, he may face some unexpected obstacles which affects those plans and thus his own existence.

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