As a young man, Abraham Mendel escaped Nazi occupied Poland and fled to Palestine, where he fought for Israeli independence, before immigrating to America to appease his pregnant wife. Now approaching retirement, Abraham wishes to leave his legacy to his two grown daughters. He offers security to his eldest, Rachel, by bestowing his successful contracting business on the loyal husband he chose for her. He also has a suitor in mind for his youngest, Faustine, an East Village bohemian with whom he is in constant conflict. As neither understands the sacrifices he has made for them, the tight grip Abraham has always exerted is shaken over Passover dinner, when his secrets and regrets become family knowledge.