To the just-fashionable French Riviera come Dick and Nicole Diver - handsome, rich, glamorous and enormous fun. Their dinners are legend, their atmosphere magnetic, their intelligence fine.
But something is wrong. Nicole has a secret and Dick a weakness. Together they head towards the rocks on to which their lives crash - and only one of them really survives.
'It makes me very sad - largely because of the beautiful, beautiful writing', wrote Zelda to Scott of Tender is the Night. In it, Fitzgerald had distilled much of their life, and the knowledge of the wrecked, fabulous Fitzgeralds adds poignancy and regret to his supple, tender and poetically tantalizing portrait of destructive affluence and spoiled idealism.