Brussegem is both a place and a person. But mainly it is a painter. A fully dedicated and fairly isolated American painter living in Europe whose creed is art, and only art. Until Veronica, a married woman, seeks his attention, companionship, something artistic, and, if possible, something wild. But then there's her baby. And that cat. This is a novel of art and domesticity, centering on a determined artist who does not want to fall in love, and an equally determined woman who does.