These stories are about doing the right thing and regretting it. About making bets and dancing naked. They play out in rain-soaked Seattle and drought-stricken California. In the front seat of Mum's Malibu and a vacation cabin on Cape Cod. On a tiny island and in a desert filled with light and heat and sand that slips through your fingers like friendships you once had. In these fifteen stories you will meet a boy trying to make it through that summer between the end of high school and the start of something else. A woman attracted to a man with muscles, because it makes her feel safe ...until it doesn't. A man who can only imagine what it's like to sleep with many different women, but that's OK - he has a good imagination. In prose that is by turns spare and lyrical, the stories of "Precarious" capture the feeling of late summer. A never-ending game of Kick the Can. All sense of time lost among the stars.