Silver Bergman is looking forward to the solar eclipse, the culmination of a sex-month period which has seen her give up a lucrative IT career and join her friends in the carefree lifestyle of an artist: radical love, radical leisure and radical politics. Yet on the 11th of August, 1999, a dragon will swallow the sun, and everything in Silver's drug-fuelled new life will change again. For Edna, the eclipse is only the beginning. A mysterious wraithlike figure, she is a woman without history, living in a community without questions.
This contemporary tales tells the story of Silver yesterday, and Edna tomorrow. As their lives gradually unravel, two very different women emerge, and their respective efforts to escape their pasts and control their futures make for a stylish tale of drugs, friendship and death. Edgy and engrossing, The Dying of Delight has a strong element of suspense, but it is not simply a thriller. It is a spirited portrait of lives gone astray.