t’s a young world and Senator Robert Chauncy is old and getting older. Soon to be retired, the senator and his young bride are off to Florida for a little honeymoon. But his wife, Sheila, has a wandering eye and Fate has other surprises for them as well. On their way down the eastern seaboard, Sen. Chauncy finds himself trying to rescue a drowning man.
The stranger dies, but before passing away, he baffles the senator and the gathered spectators with a mad tale of living forever. At first, his words are taken for those of a man caught in delirium. But it is soon discovered that the seemingly middle-aged dead man was in reality an eccentric and elderly foreign scientist named Titus Olshenski. Sen. Chauncy and the others begin to wonder if Olshenski’s dying words carry some hidden meaning.
Did Olshenski have the key to the Fountain of Youth? Can the scientist’s riddle be unlocked? Can they find the Fountain of Youth? Fate only knows, and before long, the race is on to see who will live forever and who is doomed to die.
Join Sen. Chauncy, who longs to be virile enough to satisfy his young wife; an aging hippy named Rocky and his own wife, Laura, with disabling multiple sclerosis; a puzzling and disturbing old man whose motives are unknown; a young lifeguard with the hots for the senator’s wife; an old woman and her cat, Lester; a vain former teen idol who craves a return to his glory days and the rest of the zany cast as they race to be the first to the Fountain of Youth.
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This is a terrific read and a great novel. Adventure, comedy and drama. It has it all. A Florida senator and his wife are on their way to Florida when they help rescue a drowning man who spouts something about the Fountain of Youth before dying. They realize he is leaving clues and before long a mad chase is on, a la It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and a whole cast of characters is chasing after this Fountain of Youth. They aren't sure what it is or where it is, but they all have their reasons for wanting it. I picked up this book and didn't want to put it down. Along the way, it has a lot to say about the obsession with youth that we have in this country and how far we'll go to keep up even the illusion of our own. I give this book an A+.