A young couple, Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin, are looking to move up the ladder in New York City and are successful in becoming the resident managers of a swank Park Avenue apartment building, the Drake. They can't believe their good luck - they get a beautiful apartment and the job is part-time, so Henry can keep his job working in the mayor's office. Building owners Olivia and Gavin Doran welcome them, though it is quickly apparent that Gavin at least has the ability to influence people in a very particular way. When Jane finds a mosaic in the basement, she begins to the history of the building. Meanwhile, Gavin has plans for residents Brian and Louise Leonard.