Diane Atkins has had a crush on Buddy Talbert since she was fourteen and watched him set a national swimming record at the Indianapolis Nationals. So why doesn't she recognise him just a few months after finally meeting in person at one of her swim meets?
Buddy had been quite attracted to the graceful nineteen-year-old, and her enthusiasm for the upcoming Regionals, where she is to swim, gives him the perfect excuse to seek her out again. He can hardly believe it when Diane misses her own event!
Buddy is disturbed to hear that Diane had gone missing for a few weeks and when she came back, she seemed like a different person to her friends and family. Not only that, she acted as though she didn't know her own coach. His concern increases when he runs into Diane on the street and she believes he's a stranger. He can't help but notice that the beautiful grace he'd admired at the University has been replaced by an odd physical awkwardness.
The mystery deepens with the realization that Diane isn't the only one acting strangely. Her housemate Jerome also disappeared for a few weeks only to return as a stranger to those who knew and loved him. Diane and Jerome stayed at a place called The Retreat in Palm Desert right before their disappearances followed by a return and sudden personality changes. Buddy is determined to figure out what's going on...
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