Later Printing, 'New Edition'. The city of New Orleans and a yacht on Lake Pontchartrain are the two primary settings for the novel. Beginning and ending in the city, the story follows a diverse cast of artists, aesthetes, and adolescents as they embark on a four-day excursion aboard the motorized yacht, the Nausikaa, owned by a wealthy patron of the arts. Author's second novel. Almost Near Fine, contemporary signature at inside edge of title page, in Very Good dustjacket, shallow loss at top spine end.