This chilling novel--the psychological history of Dr. Rafael Neruda, an analyst who suffered inconceivable abuse as a child, and one of his patients, Gene Kenny, who committed suicide--is presented as a manuscript "sealed at the request of the ...
author, Dr. Rafael Guillermo Neruda, M.D., until fifty years after his death." Dr. Neruda's writings tell of his retribution against "evil" which, according to Neruda, appeared in the form of two characters who plagued his patient. There is Kenny's boss, who fired him, and Kenny's daughter, a narcissistic nymphomaniac who seduced him. Misusing his power as a doctor, Neruda convinces the boss to re-enact his childhood trauma with his father, and the daughter to recreate her imagined childhood incest. In his effort to eradicate the roots of abuse, the doctor reveals himself to be the most vicious character of all.