Everything is over for Simon Axler. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his 60s, he has lost his magic, his talent and his assurance. Into this shattering account of inexplicable and terrifying self-evacuation bursts a counterplot of unusual erotic desire.
Simon Axler is one of America’s leading classical stage actors, but his talent – his magic – has deserted him. All the spontaneity and unthinking impulsiveness that made him great has been replaced by a paralysing self-consciousness. Overwhelmed, Axler’s wife promptly leaves him, and Axler checks into a psychiatric hospital. It is only when he begins an affair with Pegeen – formerly a lesbian of 17 years – that Axler’s regeneration (and then his final catastrophe) can begin.