I want - I want somehow to get away with you into a world where words like that - categories like that - wont exist. Where we shall be simply two human beings who love each other, who are the whole of life to each other; and nothing else on earth will matter.
Newland Archer, a successful and charming young lawyer conducts himself by the rules and standards of the polite, upper class New York society that he resides in. Happily engaged to the pretty and conventional May Welland, his attachment guarantees his place in this rigid world of the elite. However, the arrival of May's cousin, the exotic and beautiful European Countess Olenska throws Newland's life upside down. Comedic, subtle and cynical in style, Wharton paints an evocative picture of a man torn between his passion and his obligation.