Biography of a 19th century baroque, Prince Hermann Pueckler-Mauskau, who stands somewhere in the gallery of Reau Brummel, Lady Hester Stanhope, Byron and other recognized eccentrics. An exquisite, married to an older woman, pursued by creditors, an able soldier, an almost unbelievable egocentric. Pueckler was one of the early romantics, counting on the complaisance of women, his ability to woo riches, to stay within his ivory tower without touching reality. In Egypt he acquired a harem -- eventually he returned to Prussia to bolster his ageing reputation. His few real contributions, landscaping, writing, soldiering, are overbalanced by his more exotic gestures is clothing, women, and extravagances of life. It all seems a trifle evanescent and unimportant today. Limited market for sheer escape.