Corinne Jensen is a New York book editor with a serious problem. She's about to get thrown out of her apartment, which is going co-op, and she can't afford the down payment. Thrown into the crazy world of Manhattan real estate, she realizes that tiny apartments are renting for siginificantly more money than she can afford.
Corinne thinks her problems have been solved when she finds an ad for a Central Park penthouse renting at the unbelievably low price of $600 a month. She's the first to answer the ad, and she's lucky enough to get a two-year lease.
On move-in day, she realizes she's been swindled when three other people, all strangers to one another, try to move into the apartment at the same time. Venice, an assistant district attorney; Ian, an aspiring artist; and Ollie, a computer guy, all want the apartment as badly as Corinne.
At that point, the characters have to decide who gets the apartment. From there, the author weaves four different scenarios, each with a different outcome. Corinne and the other characters spend the first half of the book competing to win the apartment in a contest that the four characters have agreed to, one aspect of which involves recovering their money from the swindler in an elaborate scheme. In the second half of the book, Corinne and the other characters help a victim of corporate America get poetic justice against an incompetent boss and his malicious secretary.
This report prepared by Claire McManus