A girl goes with her father to see his mistress regularly. When her father dies, she pays the mistress one last visit and learns something surprising.
A woman in Buenos Aires starts sleeping with an effete American. Together they get away to Paraguay, where the man's naïveté and weakness is laid bare.
A husband sleeps in the basement and schemes about how to outmaneuver his wife at chess, while she may be having sex with a man from Berlin in their bedroom.
A teacher has a student to her house and helps the student unwind her obsession with the painter Marsden Hartley, The student realizes the fixation first began with an older man and a midnight walk in Paris.
A man heading into adulthood and marriage hires a day laborer to help him move his things out of storage. But the day laborer bears a resemblance to the young man's abusive stepfather, and miscommunications between the two escalate to violence.