This book begins with a curious meeting in a London Park. Evelyn Tradescant has immersed herself in the solitary study of beetles, finding herself isolated after a failed affair with her bland boyfriend Geoffrey. Mr Gormann, an old gentleman with a faintly distinguished manner, becomes aquainted with Evelyn after she runs for a letter of his that gets carried away by the wind. As she returns with the letter, puffing and panting, she notices the old man gazing at her legs. Yet he seems an enigma to her with his air of wealth and the mystery surrounding him. And besides, she is at a loose end and bored. The very next day they go for lunch in a hotel and from then on Evelyn becomes more and more entranced with the "Baron Dietrich Gorman", as he uses little ploys to keep her hooked upon him... It is not long before their friendship develops faintly more sexual overtones...as each one of them becomes more and more involved and sucked in... The ending to this book is a great surprise, and serves to show us clearly that behind the wealthy and glittering facades of the very Rich there is too often nothing but meaninglessness. The author perfectly highlights the boredom of the social whirl, the endless lunches, by showing us Evelyn and Mr Gormann who are outside of this whirl, and find a solace in eachother. When the author cruelly pokes fun at the eccentricities and the shallowness of the very wealthy in this book you will find yourself laughing out loud. This award-winning first novel positively shimmers as we go from one colourful scene to the next, each one full of wit and fun.