Lisa is young, beautiful, and bitter over the death of her newly born illegitimate baby. She makes a strange pact with the famous, still virile architect Dessalines, forty years her senior, to marry him and give him the son he yearns for, in return for his sheltering wisdom and undemanding maturity. A daughter is born and with it, revulsion and fear. She drinks, plays around, and hungers for youthful love in a tense truce which explodes during their tenth summer on the fashionable Maine resort island of Tanaquil. She has a brief, doomed affair, sees her husband endure it with indomitable courage, and returns to him grimly rededicated to her original plan... There is much that is morbidly fascinating in this off- beat novel---and much that is unpleasant. The bulk of it concerns Lisa's big affair, which takes place as part of a sharply satirical portrait of various Tanaquil Island types, whose lives are radically affected in a number of connected sub-plots. Enemies and Friends does not seem first- class, but it might catch on, despite over-involved writing, as a .