For she felt suddenly that they didn't fit in at all, they were misfits certainly, anarchists who rejected and fought their society, but they understood each other and knew how to love."" This is the conclusion reached here and the they refers to Sundy, twenty-one, who paints, and Reg who writes to ""justify"" the things he does. He's a homosexual who's been kept by a squalid old man, among others, and, until Sundy, a sunny girl, casual and natural, he's never had a bona fide heterosexual experience. Although she soon learns about his past, she's repelled by his ""anti-morality"" when it continues in the present with her--to such an extent that in order to destroy her love for him, she has an abortion. He has a somewhat parallel reaction which prompts him to try and kill his soi-disant benefactor. At the close they are, as quoted above, trying to make a go of it.... This is the first of Colin Spencer's tetralogy about modern life in England, here that tatty seaside spot, Brighton. While it deals with depressing lives and circumstances, and hasn't much extension beyond them, it is written with definite competence and an uncompromising consistency.