Plain Homecoming\'s most important part takes place a few hours outside of

Manhattan at Annette\'s, the Grandmother of the Byrne family, elegant country
home. Most of the family, Gene, Ellen, Mark, Aaron, Brenda, Cynthia, Andrew,
live in Manhattan. Lewis and Daisy live in Washington. It happens during the
winter. Annette Byrne is the mother of Gene and Lewis. The two brothers grew up
close and worked together in an architecture firm. One evening at an opening
party, for a hotel that they had constructed with their successful firm,
collapsed. Many people died, and many were seriously injured. They went to trial
and it was very dirty and tore the brothers apart. For the next many years the
two brothers didn\'t\' talk. Gene\'s daughter Ellen and Lewis\' daughter Cynthia
didn\'t talk often and they lived in the same city. Gene\'s daughter Ellen left
her fiancé, a very wealthy well-known man, for Mark. Mark worked in an art
gallery, and they fell in love. Gene didn\'t\' approve of this, but dealt with it.

Gene gave her a hard time about her marriage for a long time, because Mark was

Jewish. Mark\'s parents were Aaron and Brenda. Aaron was a doctor, and Brenda was
a social worker. Gene and Aaron met once and didn\'t\' get along at all and
haven\'t spoke since. Ellen and Mark had a baby Lucy, and about four years later
they had a second child Freddie. Mark and Ellen were very happy and saving up to
start open an art gallery. At about the same time as Freddie\'s birth, Lewis\'
daughter, Ellen, had twins. Ellen married a man named Andrew. They were very
happy together, and very successful. When the twins were about twelve months
old, they were hit by an out of control taxicab while out for a walk with the
nanny. Cynthia and Andrew supported each other, but then began to drift apart.

One night at a party they were just beginning to become close again, and start a
new, and Andrew cheated on Cynthia. She kicked him out of the house, and hasn\'t
talked to Andrew since. Annette had enough of all of this foolish fighting. She
sneakily sent letters to each member of the family inviting them to come out and
stay at her house. Each member of the family didn\'t know of the other member\'s
invitation. The day that everyone was to arrive at Annette\'s house, Gene arrived
first, then Lewis, Daisy and Cynthia came together, next Ellen, Mark, their
children, and Mark\'s parents arrived together, Andrew was the last one to
arrive. Andrew came alone. When Gene and Lewis were first together, they argued
in the garden room. They yelled and screamed about the past, while their mother
just listened. It seemed hopeless, and Daisy insisted they leave. While the
brothers were arguing all the others were in the foyer, uneasily mumbling to
their allied family members. The weather was bad and everyone wanted to leave,
but Annette insisted that they stay because of the weather, and plus she had a
meal prepared. Annette\'s friend Marian was over the house incase Annette needed
support, which Annette did. Many of the family members were angry with her for
putting them in this situation. Marian convinced them all to stay for lunch.

After lunch, Ellen takes her two children down to the pond to see the swans.

While they were down there Lucy ran down after the swans and fell into the icy
lake. Ellen ran after her and fell in too. Mark saw this and ran to the lake, he
was followed by the rest of the family. Andrew got a rope and tied Daisy to it.

Daisy went in the lake, after Mark had grabbed Ellen out of the water, and
grabbed Lucy. Both Ellen and Lucy were unconscious and not breathing. Aaron, who
is a doctor, saved Lucy, and Lewis saved Ellen. Everyone, now back in the house,
slowly began to get along; everyone except for Cynthia and Mark. Gene and Lewis
came to an understanding about their whole fiasco, Daisy began to talk to Mark,
and Gene had been friendly with Aaron. That night Mark went to Cynthia\'s room.

He refused to leave, and fell asleep on her floor. She woke up in the middle of
the night and covered him with a blanket. He woke up, and they talked and
decided to save their marriage. Everyone goes to sleep peacefully that night,
and the family is one again. The theme of this book is that no