Los Angeles, 1953. Lionel Walk is a young black caddy at Brookline, the oldest, most exclusive country club in the city, where he is known by the nickname "Train." Miller Packard, a sergeant with the San Diego police department, first appears on the boy's horizon as a distracted gambler, bored with ordinary risks. Train names him the "Mile-Away Man" as they walk off the first tee, and even months later, the Mile-Away Man is a puzzle to Train, remote and intimate, impulsive and thoughtful, often all at the same time. Packard is also a puzzle to Norah Still, the beautiful lone survivor of a terrifying yacht hijacking, who is both aroused and repulsed by his violent and detached manner at the crime scene. Packard himself feels no such ambiguity. He is unequivocally drawn to Norah - and perhaps to what has happened to her - and an odd, volatile triangle takes shape, Packard pulling the other two relentlessly into deeper water, away from what is safe.
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