A woman's confidences, when she's a mere eighteen, are apt to be paste and ?hinestones over a padded bosom. Kristina, a Hungarian refugee in Paris, comes under the influence of tall, handsome Andre, a smuggler with a suave exterior and a en for belting his chicks (literally, with his belt.) ""It's a tough life for a young girl""; she makes deliveries; Andre makes Kristina; and all is ""frothy and dangerous."" Not only that: ""And then I became light and liquid in his arms and the earth exploded and left us naked in space."" It takes half the book for Kristina to render up her chastity to Andre, but once she does she becomes a full-fledged member of Andre's black marketeers. Andre, meanwhile, has an older woman, Marianne, in the background. Well, Andre is involved in crime because he once set up such a good underground unit that he doesn't want his talents to go to waste. After he's killed while riding horseback, Kristina emigrates to Canada, marries and tries adultery. She is obsessed by the figure of a doctor she calls the Faceless Man, but this problem gets lost in the laundry along with other unmentionables.