Lightly drawing on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, the acclaimed author of Hemingway's Suitcase sets his story against the eccentricities and decadences of a wealthy California beach community.
At the center is a rich widower who counted his late wife among his most valuable possessions. Harry hopes to possess his new, powerfully sexual housekeeper, but finally encounters his own complicated fate.
Macdonald Harris was the pseudonym for Donald Heiney, an author, academic, and sailor from South Pasadena, California. He studied at the University of Redlands and served in the Navy during World War II. He is the author of several books, including The Balloonist. He received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982.