Framed in a meeting in a rehabilitation hospital between the man who loved Ann Barclay and Jane, the cousin who understood her, this story recapitulates Ann's suicide and the roots of her action. First it is Ann, the child and the girl, as seen through Jane's story; then it is Jerry, taking his background with him into Ann's set, who decides to meet her friends on their own terms, and, with eyes open, goes to work for drug smugglers. But it is Ann's myopia, actual as well as figurative, and her inescapable bondage to another that wrecks Jerry's old, and new world, and her own. A story, embroidered by the pre-War smarter set and their petty, venomous bickerings, that dissects obsessive love in modern times, that achieves, in its triangle, a minor variation on a theme. Rentals of a higher bracket.