The Ensemble centers around four friends forming the Van Ness Quartet. The leader is first violinist Jana, Brit is the second violinist, Daniel plays the cello and Henry is the violinist prodigy. Each chapter alternates from the individual perspectives of the members of the string quartet. Through the years as each member grows and changes from success and disappointment, their friendship remains bonded by their love of music and commitment to the quartet. It is a good summer read!