* The story of college-age people living in Los Angeles in the mid-1980's. Clay, the protagonist of the story, has just been picked up at the airport by his girlfriend, Blair. It is Christmas break, and Clay has been away at school in New Hampshire for four months for his freshman year in college.
* Blair drops Clay off at his mother's house which is empty but smells like pine. The house is immaculate and Clay is alone except for the new cleaning woman whom Clay has never met. Apparently, Clay's mother and sisters are out Christmas shopping.
* Clay tries to call his friend, Julian, but is not able to reach him, and Clay's thoughts turn to Muriel, who Blair has just informed him is anorexic.
* That evening is the night of Blair's Christmas party, and Clay arrives with Daniel, who is new to the group. The home...
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