On a visit to friends in Argentina in 1997, thirty-something New York advertising exec Marina Palmer becomes entranced by the tango. Upon her return to New York, she endeavors to take lessons -- as often as thrice a week -- and spends nights dancing at the various tango haunts around Manhattan. She's unsatisfied in work and love and decides to hit up her parents to subsidize a move to Buenos Aires so she can persue a career as a professional tango dancer.
Palmer dives headlong into the world of tango. She takes lessons. She frequents the all-night tango salons. She searches for a partner. (As she explains more than once, she is a New York-born, London-raised, French-educated daughter of a Greek mother and American father. Thus, her stage name "La Griega.") Along the way, she becomes involved in steamy couplings and uncouplings with would-be dance partners. Her accounts, in this respect, take place in the bedroom more than on the dance floor. No details are spared.
At the end of her time in Buenos Aires in 2002, the political situation is growing increasingly unstable. Palmer is still dancing, but -- unlike some of those with whom she performs on the streets -- she has the means to leave the city during several days of rioting. She eventually leaves Buenos Aires for Greece.
This report prepared by ldpaulson