At seventy-five, widower Ted Butler is content to spend his day growing prize-winning tomatoes, fishing on his mountain lake, and visiting with his children and grandchildren. His expectations of life suddenly change when he delivers a basket of tomatoes to his new forty-something neighbor and finds himself delightfully seduced.
Lauren Haas has just moved in across the street from Ted's home of forty years with Ellen, her roommate and fellow high school teacher. After Ted shares an unbelievable, intimate encounter with Lauren-who turns out to be the same age as his son-Ted can't help but feel insecure, remembering the saying, "There's no fool like an old fool." Is it really him she wants, or is she just lonely? As a summer-winter romance ensues, Ted and Lauren spar to maintain dominance; jealousy and deception surround them, turning an already complicated relationship into a thorny, crushing affair of the heart.
With a feverish passion, Lauren and Ted's relationship accelerates to a surprising climax fueled by little white lies, a jealous lover, and an itchy trigger finger.
Kenneth Nelson was raised on a California dairy farm during the Great Depression, served his country during World War II, and graduated from UC Berkeley. His first book, Thoughts of a Boy Growing Up, was delivered to a thousand high school libraries in California. He currently lives in Sacramento, California.