Jesse Durand is a black gay dancer with twin passions: his dancing and Metro, his white boyfriend. Upon relocating to New York, however, the couple finds their relationship radically challenged. Metro turns to drugs and rough sexual encounters with strangers, leaving Jesse confused and unable to come to terms with his lover's sudden change in personality. When Metro is murdered by gay-bashers, Jesse is pushed further into an emotional darkness from which he emerges only through the help of Ruella, his black female dance partner who is facing her own set of emotional challenges. Together, Jesse and Ruella find the support necessary to move forward with their lives. With this novel Dixon was acclaimed as following in the footsteps of such 20th century greats as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Flannery O'Connor.
"Melvin Dixon helped push the boundaries of black and gay male fiction...By insisting that race and sexuality be dealt with in each genre, he enlarged the possibilities for all writers and readers." - Michael Bronski, The Gay and Lesbian Literary Companion