These twelve original stories explore oblique and unexpected facets of contemporary life. The title story features a comedian whose act doesnt go quite the way he planned. In The Pillar of Strength, a woman discovers that her husband of thirty-nine years is gay when he is arrested by the police. In The Fig-leaf, a man who has sympathised with womens sexual vulnerability discovers for himself the truth behind date-rape. Contentment gives a new slant on the choices people make in their sexual lives. And a marriage of convenience between a gay man who wants to please his parents and a lesbian whose visa is about to run out takes a highly unexpected turn.