A reflective novel of emerging lesbian identity by the creator of Stoner McTavish, one of the most beloved lesbian detectives. Here is the more serious side of the popular Stoner McTavish author. Dreher goes back in time to the early '60s when consciousness of lesbian identity was much harder to admit to, even on a private, most personal level. Shelby Camden is a young career woman who wonders why her engagement and impending marriage seem to constrict her to the point of depression and drink. Then she meets her new neighbor, the independent Fran Jarvis with whom she finds she can share her innermost thoughts. As they begin to understand what they mean to each other, it is still an uneasy passage towards self-realization. For Shelby the struggle slips into confusion, helplessness and self-destruction.