Tom West, the rumpled, young head of Christ Church School in Manhattan, loves his school. He is aware that he is considered an outsider by some blue bloods because he hasn't an Ivy degree or "family background," but his students and faculty have joined him in creating a warm community.
And then, within a few days, Tom's world begins to come apart. The most powerful school trustee, Robert Cattivo—a real estate magnate who mentored Trump and quotes Machiavelli—declares war on him because he's not a triumphant fundraiser.
Cattivo threatens the integrity of the school and the principled headmaster is thrown into the biggest challenge of his life. Will the Machiavellian succeed in corrupting Tom and his institution by selling trustee seats and admissions slots to the highest bidder and then kicking the headmaster to the curb?
Aided by a beautiful Met curator and an ailing bishop, Tom fights Cattivo's band of ruthless barbarians to save the soul of the school, and in the process, he rediscovers his own humanity.