College student Nicholas Dal shares the family talent, or curse - he is an empath, a man who experiences the emotions of other people. Too-powerful emotion can induce seizures, so to stay sane he must live alone and dull his senses with vodka.
This, in itself, would be enough for anyone to bear, but Nicholas ias also haunted by a secret from his family's past in Russia. Now someone is looking for him and he fears the worst. To further complicate things, a relationship is forming with a young woman, Jack, and his feelings for her threaten to break through his isolation.
Will Nicholas risk his love, his sanity - his life - to be with Jack
Leigh Kennedy (1951 - )
Leigh Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado. After gaining her degree in history, she lived in Austin, Texas, for five years, before emigrating to England in 1985. She has been writing constantly from her early years and has been short-listed for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. Faces, a short story collection, appeared in 1986, followed by two novels, The Journal of Nicholas the American (1986) and Saint Hiroshima (1990). Leigh Kennedy lives in Hastings, in the south of England.