Simon has loved and left many women, but in sultry Charlotte he meets his match. She poses a conundrum: "How can I take you as my lover and still keep faith with my husband?" A book on harem etiquette shows her how to solve the riddle. Has Simon considered the consequences of sharing her with her husband John? Has she? His contempt for John changes to pity and burgeons into something more. The result is something none of them could have foreseen.