As the summer unfolds, Nick is drawn into Gatsby's world of luxury cars, speedboats and extravagant parties.
But the more he hears about Gatsby - even from what Gatsby himself tells him - the less he seems to believe.
Did he really go to Oxford University? Was Gatsby a hero in the war? Did he once kill a man? Nick recalls how he comes to know Gatsby and how he also enters the world of his cousin Daisy and her wealthy husband Tom.
Does their money make them any happier? Do the stories all connect? Shall we come to know the real Gatsby after reading Nick's account of that fateful summer?