Anatole loves Leigh, “Our Boy of the Mall,” a great, adolescent beauty. Leigh is sleeping with Lydia, Anatole’s best friend, who’s fighting turning thirty. Chris was once the stunning object of Anatole’s desire and is now an unscrupulous friend to all and known to none. He isn’t telling anyone anything, except Leigh, who doesn’t want to know. Set in Poughkeepsie, New York, The Salt Point depicts four fates unwinding in a game of love. The mall in Poughkeepsie—with its hair salon, record shop, dress boutique, and bar—is Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street shot through with drugs and an atomic fusion of doubt. The “salt point” is that mysterious place in the Hudson River where fresh water turns salty, where the nature of things intermingles and confuses. So, too, these lives blend loss and hope, humor and sadness, union and alienation.