A novel is confined to a day in the wealthy, worthless lives of Marge Stanton, mother of two and sometimes wife of the playboy Willy, Daisy- her cantankerous mother-in-law- the second wife of the deceased millionaire Schuyler, and George, Schuyler's son who has inherited the bulk of his estate. On this day, when the extravagant Marge plans a large party at their summer home, nothing can deflect her- not even the accidental death of Daisy. Nor does the arrival of Anna, Willy's mistress on and off through the years, now eyed by George. Spitting and spatting prevails until the drinking and partying begins; only George exerts a sobering influence- particularly on Anna- who sees through Willy's weakness and accepts the more solid future which George offers her.... Useless lives, and a story without much purpose, for all the small, smart talk. Rentals.