Television writer Natsu Takato, 35, acquired a taste for pleasuring herself while still in kindergarten, and continues to have a strong sexual appetite. This novel, a powerful work penetrating the psychology of a woman who uses sex to stimulate her creativity, follows her sexual adventures over the course of a little more than a year.
It has been ten years since Natsu married Shogo, now 38. He used to work for a production company as a director of television programs, but he gave up his job after marriage to become his wife's business manager and a househusband, taking care of domestic chores, tending the garden, looking after Natsu's every need so she can work without distraction, and offering extensive editorial comments on her manuscripts.
In an email correspondence, married director Ichirota Shizawa urges Natsu to "push the envelope on sensuality," and it opens her eyes. Shizawa is the man who gave the college-age Natsu her first break as a scriptwriter many years before, when, as one of the judges for a scriptwriting contest she had entered, he backed her entry as the winner; widely regarded as a genius in theatrical circles, he is also known as an inveterate philanderer. When their relationship becomes physical, Natsu leaves Shogo and sets up house alone, but Shizawa dumps her after sleeping with her only four nights. On a work-related trip to Hong Kong, the heartbroken Natsu bumps into an old student-era flame and begins carrying on with him; still unsated, she also finds companionship through a male escort service, and she casually beds a Buddhist monk as well as one of Shizawa's young protégés.