Overwhelmed with despair from the breast-cancer-caused death of her mother, eighteen-year-old Jacqueline Shelly fled her Iowa home, arriving almost penniless on the coast of France. This desperate trip to Mont Saint Michel has proved fruitless; she remains convinced the cancer that killed her beloved mother will one day appear and claim her as well; life holds nothing for her.
Pondering suicide on a cold, lonely beach in Trouville, unexpected help comes from two strangers who are both taken with the beautiful girl: Lynda, a young and lonely Danish woman, and Paul, a gifted painter and a Swiss national almost twice their age. Their love gives Jackie the courage to set aside her planned suicide, and search for happiness and meaning.
Jackie submits to Lynda's lesbian desires, but her own needs require Paul's love, and with that accomplished, Jackie seeks her next goal. She works to convince Lynda to take Paul as a lover. Jackie's sole desire is to see Lynda marry Paul and live the life she could never have. Everything unravels for the trio when Regina, a friend of Paul's, invites them all to her luxurious home on Lake Geneva, where Paul's former affair with this married woman is revealed. Blackmailed by Bernie, Regina's powerful and manipulative husband, Paul has no choice but to accept an illegal and dangerous job working for him.
The deep love and commitment Jackie shares with Paul, Lynda and Regina holds them together as they begin rebuilding their lives on the French Riviera, but enduring months of Jackie's endless concerns about getting cancer takes an ever increasing toll on Lynda's health, and when Lynda's former lesbian lover arrives, Lynda reaches out to her.
The review of this Book prepared by Dennis Novak