A psychological-metaphysical novel of six lives interlinked through a central character, Jason, a scientist, in search of an answer. Basso has told his story against a New Orleans in the throes of pre-Mardi Gras madness. His central character is linked to a motley crew of friends and family and from this world of his childhood, a world of interchange and human contacts, he realizes that the distinction of an isolated scientist's life is not for him. A book in the Men-of-Good-Will school, without the narrative power or the perception to sustain the over-long dissertations and digressions. But Dasso writes well (if too much).