The novel is set in and around New York in the 1920s. Jay Gatsby was born James Gatz, the son of a poor farmer, although we do not find this out until half way through the novel. Five years before the novel opens, in 1922, he and Daisy Fay - the daughter of a wealthy family - were in love but they had to part. Since then, Daisy has married Tom Buchanan, a hard - d r i n k i n g wealthy man who has had a string of affairs since his marriage. At the start of the novel, his current mistress is Myrtle Wilson, wife of George Wilson who owns the local gas station. Gatsby has become wealthy through shady business dealings with the sole intention of winning back D a i s y. He believes that she is the key to perfect happiness. He moves to Long Island to be near Daisy and when they are eventually alone together he is faced with the possibility that his dream may be shattered. As Oscar Wilde said; 'There is only one thing worse than not getting what you want and that is getting what you want.' One day, Tom, Daisy, Gatsby, Nick Carraway - the narrator of the story - and Jordan Baker, a childhood friend of Daisy's, decide to drive to New York City. During the outing, Gatsby forces a confrontation with Tom and demands that Daisy returns to Long Island with him. Daisy agrees to drive Gatsby's car and, on the way home, accidentally runs over Myrtle outside the gas station. Tom tells Myrtle's husband George that Gatsby's car was involved in the accident, not realising that his wife was driving. George Wilson goes to Gatsby's house and kills Gatsby, although Gatsby is already dead inside, the dream of perfect happiness shattered.