Before his eighteenth summer, Tony Alexamenos was content to spend his mornings riding the waves, his afternoons pumping gas, and his nights secretly lusting after bronzed surfer boys. But all that changes when a gleaming Caddy convertible pulls into the gas station.
Obscenely wealthy Dallas Eden can't get over the luscious boy in the grimy Florida service station. He sets out to win Tony's friendship; only then can he transform this young Greek god into a protege worthy of Dallas's "harem." First, Dallas makes Tony the assistant gardener at his Florida estate. Then, he intends to send him to college to study drama. But Dallas's plan goes awry when Tony falls under the spell of Professor Connecticut Jones, who, though deeply closeted, is far from immune to Tony's charms.
Soon, Tony is following Connecticut to New York City, where he's transformed from wide-eyed tourist to half-hearted hustler to Broadway sensation -- and eventually, to a world-famous supermodel. Along the way, there's plenty of sex, drugs, booze. . .and always the benevolent Dallas Eden waiting in the wings. But if Tony has learned anything, it's that nobody is who he appears to be -- and that nothing lasts forever. Nothing, that is, except love, the one elusive thing he yearns for.