A tale following the fortunes of a group of young people who were at Cambridge University together in the early 1950s.
The friends reach the end of their Cambridge careers, and have to face up to life in the real world where undergraduate promise guarantees nothing.
Adam's apparent denial of his Jewishness, not least by moving in with Barbara, upsets his family, but it doesn't prevent him from confronting the 'fascistic brontosaurus', Stephen Taylor.
By the late 1960s, Dan Bradley has long given up all thoughts of acting and has committed himself almost puritanically to teaching.
He has married Joyce, and has brought up her son as his own, but a visit from the mega-successful Alan Parks changes everything.
Meanwhile, Bill Bourne has returned from America with an American wife to take up a post at one of the new universities, where student politics seem to take precedence over everything...
or almost everything.
The building of the new Media Complex at the University of Staunton brings political and private matters to a head for Bill and Joann.
Meanwhile, although Adam has become an established literary figure by the 1970s, he is still capable of being surprised by his old friends, and by his own insecurities.