Jane and Alan Mackenzie, residents of a fictional college town, had what seemed to be the perfect marriage until Alan suffers a back injury that changes his life and demeanor. Jane, feeling obliged by her wedding vows, becomes his overworked and underappreciated caregiver. But then the beautiful and conniving Delia Delany, a visiting scholar, picks Alan as her next conquest. Enjoying the attentions of someone he sees as finally understanding his pain, Alan willingly follows her. Meanwhile, finding themselves caught in the crossfire of the affair, Jane and Delia's oft-overlooked husband, Henry Hull, are driven together and wind up falling in love. Lurie explores what happens when the truth isn't always told and the consequences of our every choice.