The author leads the reader into the thoughts and secret desires of a strangely assorted group:
PAUL MARKER, who has never been forced to learn about himself and given up the battle for self-respect;
HIS SON DONALD, a forlorn youngster, beating against the walls of his loneliness;
SAM ROBSON, a Mafiosi, who pursues the illusion of happiness in his own way;
TONY MORICHELLI, a businessman and a Mafia s boss, who inevitably drags to perdition everyone he touches;
GENERAL CLARK PATTERSON, a dry pragmatist, whose blunt and irresistible vitality catapults him on the highest steps of the social staircase.
These characters and many others are the skeins of the absorbing story, which rises a dramatic climax through the pressure of events and which formulates the author s indictment of the society, in which money prevails over other values and which corrodes lives casually drawn into its orbit.