An African American young man, Charles Blakey, who comes from an old Long Island Family dating back before the Revolution, finds he's broke and takes a boarder into his basement, a white man, Anniston Bennet, who wished to be jailed in the basement to atone for his sins. Or something like that.
They have many discussions, which I think might be deep, but I found them mostly confusing. Along the way, Blakey gets himself together and stops being such a useless person, or something. I'm not sure this kind of Mosley is appropriate for vacation reading. As usual, however, Mosley keeps reminding me that I don't know a damn thing about the lives of African Americans, and should be very wary of the stereotypes one gets from our racist, and generally lazy, news sources.