... on the left bank of San Francisco, the fog-bound city lends its overcast to a world of vagrant characters who do not find themselves. So that along with Gloria, a blowsy beauty parlor operator, Cullinane who is looking for his dog and his wife, Sammy a ""renegade dialectician"", you will meet Cory Edwards, a newspaperman, and Jane whom he tries to salvage. Jane, who has been divorced by her husband and abandoned her child, is capriciously and childishly appealing- but as Cory offers her his ""guardian love"" and marriage, he is unable to redeem her terrible and terrifying insecurity. She leaves him- and returns; she threatens suicide; and finally, the fiasco of her attempt to take back her child, and create a home for her in a miserable three days, only magnifies her inadequacy- so that she takes her life.... Foff, whose short stories have appeared in Story the Atlantic- tells his small story with a sense of the sadness- the transience- of lives which are offbeat and out of focus and it makes its mark. For a selective market.