When Nick Callaway moves to West Egg, he learns of one of many love controversies between the upper class and lower class.
Nick gets an invite from Daisy, his second cousin once removed, to come and join them at their house for lunch. At Daisy's house he meets her husband Tom, and Daisy's friend Jordan Baker. Jordan is a professional golfer, and throughout the story Nick and Jordan develop a love interest with each other. At Tom and Daisy's house Jordan mentions Jay Gatsby's parties. Nick has no idea who Jay Gatsby is. Jordan tells Nick that must attend a Gatsby party, because of how lavish they are, and plainly because Gatsby is his neighbor. Meanwhile, Tom has stepped out to take a call from his mistress, Myrtle Wilson.
Between West Egg and New York City is a little valley where New York's ashes are dumped. This gives the valley it's name of the Valley of Ashes. In the Valley stands a large billboard, the billboard has a picture of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. This billboard is said to watch over everything that happens in the Valley of Ashes. One day Tom and Nick were on the train going to town, when Tom made Nick get off and go to George Wilson's garage. Tom and Nick pick up Myrtle and they go to New York City. They head to Morningside Apartments where Tom has his affair. While in New York Tom buys Myrtle a dog, and Myrtle never tells Wilson about it. They meet up with Myrtle's sister, Catherine, and also the McKees. Catherine informs Nick that she has heard through the grapevine that Gatsby is related to Kaiser Wilhelm, the leader of Germany during WWI. Nick gets drunk for only the second time in his life at this party, with the McKees, Tom and Myrtle, and Catherine. Later, Myrtle starts chanting Daisy's name and Tom gets angry and hits Myrtle in the face and breaks her nose.