Harvard Law School graduates Edward and his friend Jonah, take a job with a big New York City law firm. Edward has two weeks to settle things at home; however, his father has already made plans for him at the small-town bank. Obstacles occur to prevent him from leaving- his "surprise" interview with the new bank president; his sister's unhappy engagement, wedding. Finally, Edward must choose between fulfilling his hopes and dreams and those of his parents, which results in an erotic affair with a strange, beautiful girl from his past and a breakdown in alcoholism. A powerful novel about academia and career, parenting, love, sex, and the difficult decisions college graduates sometimes must make for survival.