After five and a half years of study in France, "R" returns ot Korea and is met by "J", his lover in France for three and a half years. Sensing a breakup in the relationship, "R" goes to his parents home in Taegu. There he is troubled by the harsh reality of his responsibility to his aged parents and family. Meanwhile "J" meets with "R" occasionally because he helped her win her doctorate and become a literary critic. She refuses to tell him that she secretly used his critical reviews to promote her own career. Eventually "R" finds out that this has happened and is unhappily surprised.
They say a blast of flames can take a life ... and hide a secret. But now firemen brothers Brian and Stephen McCaffrey are battling each other over past slights while trying to stop an arsonist with a diabolical agenda from torching Chicago.
It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.
Veronique, living with her divorced mother, is going on holiday to Mauritius with her father. To impress a local boy, Benjamin, she manages to complicate the situation by making up stories about her father.
Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.