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Tennis pro Palmer Morel needs help and his tennis club friend, Debra Darby, tells him to relax. What he needs is a change of scene.
Darby urges Morel to get therapy for his depression at “The Body Shop” in Carrboro and promises he will just love the creative way the therapists move from patient to patient, getting them to dance, write in their journals and sketch free hand impressions of life.
Morel is unsure about this unorthodox approach but shows up one day at “The Body Shop” and is hooked. One therapist in particular appeals to him, and soon he and the petite blond Pris Price become friends.
Although Morel’s primary pressure comes from his new job with organized crime, Pris assures him that dance therapy will work if he gives it a chance.
However, after a visit to an old Chapel Hill restaurant on Franklin Street, The Rat, Morel loses his new found poise and is plunged into a plot that drips with blood.
And when the sports gambler gives him commands, his brain explodes into strange visions and visitations. Morel wonders if he’ll ever be able to escape from The Rat.
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