Madeleine Severn, a thirty-seven-year-old English teacher, has been saving her virtue for the right man. Now she thinks she's found him in her shy colleague, Bernard Hopkins.
But Madeleine isn't the only one with romantic notions. One of her students, Paul Grigson, has developed a violent crush on her; her principal is carrying on a torrid affair with a coed; her teenaged niece is dying to borrow her apartment for a rendezvous with a married man. And all this passion is about to end in murder...but whose is a shocking surprise as Brett reveals the dark impulses of people in love with murder in their hearts.