Eight stories center on contemporary women in their late twenties and thirties. The women find themselves at odds with their husbands and lovers or their mothers, and agonize repeatedly over whether their feelings are those of love, or something else masquerading as love. The author brings into relief their earnest yet clumsy efforts to come to terms with their lives. Many women readers will recognize their alter ego in Yuikawa's characters.
In Shinju no shizuku (Pearl Drop), the first story, Sachi is 28. Determined not to become like her mother, who was abandoned by Sachi's biological father shortly before she gave birth to Sachi and has had to live a straightened life, Sachi left home without completing high school to work as a hostess. In the years since, she has worked her way up through a string of clubs to become the manager of a high-class bar and its owner's lover. She believes there are two kinds of women in the world?those who are go-getters and those who are not. Seeing herself among the former, she leads men by the nose to get what she wants and devotes herself to accumulating wealth. Eventually she brings in her 31-year-old half-sister Naomi to help with the accounting side of her responsibilities as manager. Naomi is unsophisticated and lacks Sachi's good looks; Sachi regards her as one of the latter type of women. But then she discovers that Naomi has been in the bar owner's bed . . .