William Silver is a talented and charismatic young teacher. His
unconventional methods raise eyebrows among his colleagues and
superiors, but his students are devoted to him. He brings ideas
into the classroom that profoundly affect how they conduct their
lives. His discussions of Camus, Faulkner, Sartre, Keats and other
kindred souls breathe life into his students' sense of social
justice and their capacities for philosophical and ethical thought.
But unbeknownst to his adoring pupils, Silver proves incapable of
living up to the ideals he encourages in others. Emotionally
scarred by failures in his personal life and driven to distraction
by the City of Light's overpowering carnality and beauty, Silver
succumbs to a temptation that will change the course of his life.
His fall will render him a criminal in the eyes of some, and human,
all too human, in the eyes of others.
In Maksik's stylish prose, Paris is sensual, dazzling and
dangerously seductive. It serves as a fitting backdrop for a
dramatic tale about the tension between desire and action, and
about the complex relationship that exists between our public and