Peter Newman's first true love is sex, which eventually leads to
a youthful indiscretion. This, in turn, generates an intense desire
to escape his current life. At the age of eighteen he becomes a
merchant seaman and finds his second true love-travel. Upon his
return from the sea, Peter enrolls at Berkeley, where he discovers
his third true love-architecture. Upon graduation he wins a coveted
Traveling Fellowship, which enables him to pursue his three true
This is the story of Peter Newman's fellowship year-a year
filled with travel, adventure, and romance. Together with a college
friend, Peter visits every major architectural monument, from the
classic ruins and great cathedrals of Europe to the historic
mosques and pyramids in the Middle East. They spend more than a
year exploring dozens of countries, while experiencing exotic
adventures, bureaucratic entanglements, and thrilling amorous
episodes. In the rousing conclusion several romantic partners
unexpectedly arrive in Paris at the same time, and Peter must
choose his one true love.
In a narrative filled with humor, romance, and the frustrations
of traveling through post-war Europe our hero survives his
fellowship year having learned much about his three true loves, but
far more about himself.
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