New York lawyer Egan returns to his southern hometown, Pompey's Head, when Rambeau requests that he investigate circumstances involving her husband, Blackmer, an aging author who has gone blind. Some of his royalty checks are missing and Rambeau suspects Blackmer of cashing them without
her knowledge. Egan's trip turns nostalgic when he sees Wynter, his childhood sweetheart. Though she is now married to Mitchell, a rich, gross slob, Wynter feels the old attraction heat up. Eventually, Egan discovers what Blackmer has been doing with the money. His mother was a black woman, the
mistress of Blackmer's father. Rather than risk scandal, Blackmer has been quietly paying...