Oliver Otway Orme, lapsed painter, kleptomaniac, self deprecating author. He has returned to his home town in Ireland to find his missing muse and rekindle his emotions. Instead he has an affair with the wife of his best friend. In trying to extricate himself from the consequences he engages in an almost farcical game of hide and seek. Ultimately he faces the underlying cause of his artistic and emotional block. A witty, beautifully written and at times heartbreaking novel of self discovery.