This is a story about a small town in modern Greece and its delightful and dramatic inhabitants. High Kula is constantly divided about ""issues"" -- usage of the high tongue vs. the low tongue; whether the construction of a park will really attract tourists or merely provide a job for High Kula's impoverished architect; and whether the town boys' swimming nude constitutes a scandal. But mainly High Kula seems devoted to romance, in one form or another. Zoe cannily maneuvers Phaedon Dedes into marriage, then has the tables turned on her when he discovers she doesn't love him. But she manages, later, to get even with the world through a wicked practival joke. Then there is the more ill-fated romance of Domna and Pellos whom she refused to marry because he was poor, and a radical besides. Domna is later seduced by a scoundrel far more clever than she and is forced into marriage. The town is rife with ""characters"" and their stories are told with good humor and a kind of philosophical detachment. The publishers compare the book to Never on Sunday but that story had an obvious moral and more singular dramatic interest.