We are drawn to the young lovers, Erin and Bart. Their hunger for each other is simple, dramatic and full of hope. But as Erin and Bart find themselves - even against their will - getting ever more deeply involved with an older married couple, the nature of erotic life begins to reveal itself as far richer and darker than they had imagined. The older pair, Lida and Hollis Lord, have an erotic life too, of course, but theirs is stained with biography and with history, with all those things that an older married couple take with them wherever they go, even to bed. The Language Nobody Speaks is a rapid, turbulent story about passion and sensuality and what we do to find meaning in life.