It's an Indian summer - hot and sultry, brittle and oppresive. And in a small Regency crescent the heat is affecting everyone. Jessica's marriage is on the rocks; her husband is seeking solace in the bed of her sexually obsessed sister, Fay. Beautiful Fay, who destroys everything she touches. Into this doomed triangle comes a stranger. He is fatherless, homeless, a traveller and a true pagan - a charming exotic boy with a beautiful body and a mouth that promises everything. Things happen when Zak is around. And Zak is destined to become Jessica's lover, whatever the cost . . .