The narrator is an outsider: a drifter working for the skipper of a barge. Together they discover a young woman's corpse floating in the canal. Tensions increase in cramped confines with the narrator's highly charged seduction of the skipper's wife.
Born and educated in Glasgow, Alexander Trocchi joined the Parisian literary scene of the early 1950s. From Paris he moved to the US where he was one of the founders of the Beat community.