A novelisation of the Carlo Ponti film of Noel Coward’s 1936 play Still Life. A chance meeting in a cafe, a piece of grit delicately removed by a gentleman from a lady’s eye – and an affair is born; a brief yet unrelenting emotional tug-of-war between two people whose desire clashes with the facts of their lives. Anna is married to Graham and happily content with her home and children; Alec is trapped in a loveless marriage with  cool, uninvolved Melanie, using his work as a doctor for fulfillment. Passion is ignited, then comes the test – can their dream become lasting love or will it founder on the rocks of reality?