The story is set in the mid 1980's in London. Nick Guest has just graduated from Oxford and has started a Phd program in English literature, focusing on the novels of Henry James. Nick is middle class, but, at Oxford, he made friends with the son of a wealthy member of Parliament, named Gerald Fedden. Nick rents a room in Gerald's Notting Hill mansion.
As Nick is learning the ways of the upper class, he is also coming out as a gay man. His first boyfriend is Leo, a slightly older black man. Nick then moves on to have a secret involvement with the son of a very rich Lebanese immigrant.
Since it is the 1980's, the story talks about Prime Minister Thatcher, money, cocaine, and AIDS.
This report prepared by Susanna Marlowe