Elaine Botsch, ambitious and hardworking, plays by the rules at the office so well that she's on the brink of an impressive promotion. But in the cyberspace world she visits every night as 'Francesca', her cool, professional mastery gives way to abject obedience, as 'Inez', a mysterious on-line paramour, seduces her into demeaning - and irresistible - sexual adventures. When a careless mistake destroys the barrier between virtual reality and her corporate life, Elaine perceives a disturbing connection between her nightly degradation and her professional success. She becomes obsessed with discovering Inez's true identity, and soon her once-innocent encounters with colleagues and friends are charged with sexual overtones. In a darkly comic, wonderfully inventive tale for our hi-tech time, Martha Baer captures the allure of anonymous cybersex, the elusiveness of social identity, and the seductive power of words - and imagination.