The book opens with Nick Caraway moving into the up and coming West Egg . His shallow cousin Daisy and her arrogant husband Tom Buchanan live acorss the lake from his. His neighbour is the elusive Jay Gatsby an effervesant and a key character for Nick.
A Party at Gatsby's
Tom takes Nick into the city where he meets his various mistresses. Although at first he is disgusted he eventually adapts to it
Death to the Mistress
Nick invites Daisy over for Lunch where she meets Gatsby once again. They enjoy the day together and rekindle their old relationship. Nick glances on from the background
Goodbye Great Gatsby
Here Tom begins to suspect Daisy and Gatsby's affair as they run off together during the festivities. Tom is furious by this even though it is hypocritical. It is a true testament to his character. The party is broken up by Jay's bootlegging business partners who are offended that they were not invited
The protagonists go to the city for a drive where they go to Tom's suite where his affairs occur. Seeing this Daisy becomes distraught only more by Tom's words saying she can't do anything with her life etc. She frustratingly drives home with when she knocks down Tom's mistress as she thinks it is Tom. Gatsby takes the blame making her husband believe it was him
Because George believes it was Gatsby who killed his wife, He enacts revenge by going to his house and shooting him. Nick becomes distraught as if he had lost a spouse (leading to the idea that Nick might have been romantically in love with Gatsby). This leads back to the start of the novel where he is telling the story.