Horatio Buckler is attempting a mid-life crisis at the beginning of his story. He’s masterfully accomplished it by the end of his story. At somewhere around fifty, Horatio realizes that robbing people of their valuables is a young man’s game and a jail cell is no place for retirement. His daughter, Cordelia (she prefers Dellie, though some people, we won’t mention them here, have an unnerving tendency to call her Delia), meanwhile, is looking for money. A lot of it. And a way to get to someplace other than where she is. Set in the summer of 1929 just before the stock market crash, Dellie sees the writing on the wall and it’s telling her to go rob a bank. She manages to coerce an ex-boyfriend, a black pyromaniac, and an admittedly off his rocker father, into assisting her with the job. Horatio documents his daughter’s every move as she attempts to fix a friend’s marriage, direct everyone around her, and break her ex-boyfriend’s heart under her spiky heel.