In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C. to begin an internship in the White House press office. The Kennedy administration had reinvigorated the capitol and the country and Mimi was eager to contribute. For a young woman from a privileged but sheltered upbringing, the job was the chance of a lifetime. Although she started as a low intern, Mimi made an impression on Kennedy's inner circle and, after just three days at the White House, she was presented to the President himself. Almost immediately, the two began an affair that would continue for the next eighteen months.