A first novel, sometimes obscure in its intentions, but overtly and explicitly oversexed, this explores both normal relationships as well as hypersexuality, homosexuality as it follows the activities of Persis and Preserved (Ed) Pearse, of an old Boston family, twins, and Abe and Caesar L'Hommedieu, of an old southern family, and presumably twins. Ed and Abe are roommates and Persis falls in love with Abe, only later to marry and divorce a doctor. The beginning of the war in Europe finds them all in Europe where the three men volunteer as ambulance drivers and Persis as a nurse. Persis and Abe marry; Caesar is wounded and becomes psychologically impotent; Persis helps him to overcome his impotence and is pregnant as a result; Abe becomes a homosexual; etc. etc. The hopelessness, degeneration, of a lost generation- at its most lost.