This is the story of two worlds: the sophisticated world of Riviera society, and the illusory world of Brooke Alder. When Brooke Alder, a high level U.S. representative, accepted Howard Rey's invitation to spend some time at his Riviera home, Harriette Rey considered it quite a feather in her social cap. Brooke had made a fortune and an international reputation, while Howard, whose work as an architect had become incidental, spent some most of his time with Harriette's smart friends. At the Reys, Brooke spends his time writing a story of the island of Leron, in which he parallels all the international issues he must face and all his personal frustrations as well. As time goes on, he con the two worlds more and more, until Harriette's social coup ends in the nightmare of murder. Brooke's world within a world at Leron, and the fantasy he conceives in the desion of an overworked mind, never comes to life. It is the other half of the book which is both more believable and readable as his impact on the lives around him has a decisive and cathartic influence.