The coastal settlement of Slangkop, near Cape Town, comes alive
over weekends when mercurial Chas Fawkes holds court at Midden
House. Invited to one of his legendary parties, shy, plump
librarian Nina Browne is smitten and becomes first his secretary,
then his lover. But things are not as they seem on the glittering
surface, as Nina in turn is loved and watched over by Chasís
childhood playmate, the hermit-like environmentalist William. When
Chasís estranged alcoholic wife Dolly briefly returns, she steals
Williamís savings and leaves behind a different treasure Ė her baby
son, Oro. In a gentler, more innocent way than Chas, young Oro is a
catalyst in the Slangkop community. William is forced out of his
seclusion and proves a surprisingly good stand-in dad. William is
still desperate to win Ninaís heart, but how, when she is so caught
up in Chasís slipstream? As the inhabitants of this eccentric
seaside community orbit around Chas and his increasingly desperate
crises, sex raises questions that love must help them answer.
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