During World War II, Charles Ryder is stationed near the dilapidated Brideshead, the former home of Lord and Lady Marchmain and their broken family, the Flytes. Much of Charles's life, from his days at Oxford through the end of his first marriage, was closely interwoven with that of the Flytes. Revisiting Brideshead leads him to recall that strange weaving, beginning with his questionably homosexual relationship with the young Sebastian Flyte through his extramarital affair with the Flytes' eldest daughter, Julia. These memories span the end of an era, as Lady Marchmain loses the property for financial reasons, and the venerable Flyte family splinters and falls apart; but they are just about Charles's spiritual awakening.
This report prepared by Doug Valenta