A New York Times Editor's Choice. Fleming Ford is an Alabama girl exiled to the West coast where she is torn between devotion to her husband and a dangerous love for an older Englishman who seems to embody the formality and culture lacking in her new home. Reluctantly, Fleming is drawn into California's beautiful vistas, its citizens' endless quest for wellness and the narcotic effect of its perpetual sun. She soon finds herself at the mall or with a botanist, facialist, yoga instructor, or visceral manipulator. Surrounded by people who want to shine a light on her energy centres or wash her with stones, she seeks relief in the companionship of Mr Lieberman, the British mogul sojourning in Los Angeles. To her, he represents the tragic yet glamorous Old World. Will Fleming risk her marriage and her honour for the love of an aging tycoon?