Ben Bryden is a successful novelist, supposedly happily married, the father of two typical American children. His career in a slump, he's persuaded to become an independent film producer, adapting one of his novels into a foreign made ""art"" movie, a vehicle for a new European actress. In Europe he reluctantly falls in love with the beautiful and strange actress, Maria Ezlo, who is herself involved in a marriage simply of convenience. The novel is then mainly concerned with Bryden's conflict of loyalties. His affections for his children never change though they are sadly disappointed in him. His wife is no longer the cool, sensible partner she once was and her hysteria, though alienating him, forces him back into the line of duty. For a while. Eventually her true acquisitive nature becomes apparent and finally he leaves her for a more meaningful love. The basic substance of the plot is, of course, quite believable but the alterations in character which develop are not. The author has concealed all the clues essential to an honest and convincing resolution. Wakeman is the author of The Hucksters, The Saxon Charm and others.