Carlo Cofield tired of having to wear a tie during New York heat spells, cons himself into a job as a swimming pool salesman in California. There life is perfect-- good friends, beautiful girls, a money-making job and no ties that bind. Then at Muscle Beach--a strip of sand where the Body Beautifuls build up their biceps, pects, abs and lats--Carlo meets and falls for the incredibly beautiful Jocie. By devious means he separates her from her muscle-bound and bird-brained Adonis and brings her home. Soon, however, her lack of grey matter and her desire for marriage palls. Devious means reunite her with her cast-off muscle man and Carlo, wiser if no sadder, is free. At its best this produces humor of the following order: ""Would you like to hear Tourel singing Schubert?"" ""Sure. Take me to your lieder."" This, the author's first attempt at a novel, aims at the Peter de Vries type of verbal wit and falls far short of the mark.