Charlie Cross is a solicitor, a divorcee, an animal lover, a drinker, and a smoker. He is intelligent, strong, highly respectedand he is heading for trouble. When Charlie meets Viola in an after-hours drinking club, he knows instinctively that they could do each other harm. Nonetheless, he quickly falls in love with her and throughout their torrid affair he keeps an extensive journal. Charlie's voicehonest, funny, and perplexedembodies all the complexities of male experience. He speaks from the heart and charts the peaks of eroticism and the depths of emotional pain that define his heart-wrenching relationship.