The self made man whose pride in his maker blinds him to all other relationships pays the price of his isolation and ruthless climbing as ""Wild"" Bill Gregory, successful used car dealer, has his world collapse around him. Cruel and punishing to his wife, overindulgent and critical of his stuttering four-year-old son, lashing out at his ex and current mistress, he is sparked by the former's eighteen year old son, Keith, home from college on a weekend. Keith's interest in Mary Lynn, his shock at the revelation of his other's past association with Bill, and his friendship with Bannerman lead him to rouse Bill's vicious jealousy and set in motion a course of events that end in tragedy for Bill. or Bill drives his wife away --to Bannerman, keeps a hard-drinking pace and by his soddenness becomes the means of his son's death, waked at last to the emptiness that faces him. The and weakness of selfishness and its corrosive progress makes for reading that is unpleasant and often ugly.