Rie, an independent, willful woman finds herself falling in love with typography, papermaking, and Harvey, a man old enough to be her father. Harvey wonders if his attraction to Rie is because of the death of his daughter and only child, Christine, two decades earlier. The two women seem similar. More
Harvey is wandering across across America when a friend asks him to buy his printing business and Harvey suddenly becomes a businessman in Guttenberg, Iowa.
His girlfriend, Kristen, insists they marry but Harvey is hesitant. Until Kristen becomes pregnant with Christine. Never in love, the stress of running a business and raising a daughter drives Kristen and Harvey apart but what really severs them is Christine's death in a car accident.
Rie wants adventure. She wants to drink and do drugs. She finds them all on a cross-country trip but doesn't expect to run into a romantic accountant who asks her to marry him. She doesn't expect to meet Paolo, a fat artist in Chicago. She doesn't expect to marry, and she never expects Paolo to offer her a job.
She must learn the basics of bookbinding, papermaking, typography, and printing for Paolo so that she can buy artist books for him.
And then she meets Harvey.