James Sparrow is a self-made multi-millionaire. He bought the formula for an energy booster made from Coyote Grass for a song and turned it into a fortune. Every business he touches turns to profit. He adores his lovely wife, Joyce, but there is a conflict between the two: Joyce wants to have a baby, James does not.
As the story opens, James, miserable when yet another long and brutal Midwestern winter descends upon Chicago, longs to flee to Hawaii. But this year, Joyce is ill with what appears to be the flu and is unable to travel. An unexpected phone call from his cousin Liz, who lives in James&rsqu