Cary Fagan began his literary career writing short stories, and now, after five novels, he returns to his first love. A woman leaves her husband, a retired judge, when he refuses to give up his passion for performing as a magician ("The Floating Wife"). A young man exiled from the downtown arts scene finds himself living in the suburbs in a community of new immigrants ("Shit Box"). A widow moves to New York to confront the woman who was her late husband's mistress ("The Brooklyn Revenge"). A bank manager in a bad situation turns to his childhood obsession with Jane Goodall for inspiration ("My Life Among the Apes").