The sweeping new novel from the Lambda award-winning author of "Last Summer". A local bar in a small New York town is the focal point for the lives of its gay community: a hub to which a diverse group of men gravitate to play out their dreams and desires...Mike Monaghan is the bartender at the Engine Room, a meeting place for the small but thriving community of gay men in Cold Falls, New York. As Mike pours beer, wipes glasses and hears everything, he is witness to the men who come through his doors looking for what they need: sex; direction; friendship; spiritual fulfilment; and love. People like: Stephen Darby - as an accountant, he knows many secrets. But Stephen has his own secret - one he has never been able to share with anyone close to him. Pete Thayer - playing it straight, Pete takes out his frustrations on transmissions and engines during the day and spends his nights trying to quench his needs through anonymous sex. John and Russell - the golden couple in town with the ideal relationship everyone wants. But behind the scenes their storybook marriage is on the verge of facing some explosive trials. Father Thomas Dunn - more and more the gentle priest is feeling a need to express the secret desires that conflict with his devotion to the church. His faith in tailspin, he is beginning to question what he really wants from life. Simon Bird - a fixture in town, an old queen everyone finds amusing and entertaining. Still mourning the loss of his longtime lover, Simon yearns to find love and a place in a culture that worships youth and beauty.