Overweight and jaded, rich and lonely, Rupert Ruskin clings to an obsessive belief that if he can witness a thousand beautiful sights in a single day, his shattered and sordid existence will turn to bliss. But his dreamquest for A Thousand Beauties is stalled when beloved and eccentric ex wife, Elaine, bursts back into his life with disturbing news. Ruskin now has to make room for a more immediate and secret plan ... but should it be for a wedding or a funeral? Mark Adam Kaplan navigates the peaks and troughs of co-dependency and mutual punishment in a magnificently spun story of love and loathing. His urgent, yet poetic prose trap the reader like a spider traps a fly in an intricate web both beautiful and deadly.