paradoxical and tragic situation of man is that his conscience is weakest
when he needs it most.”
Max Wolfe, a forty-year old internist,
while drunk, fatally runs down a young male schoolteacher, Harold Silver, and
leaves the scene of the accident. In the course of the next ten years, Wolfe
must deal not only with the consequences of covering up his crime, but with
his conscience as well.
The plot moves between Wolfe and Silver’s
girl friend, a Japanese violin teacher, Mariko Tanaka, who is pregnant at the
time of the incident. Ultimately, paths cross and their romantic entanglement
moves the action to a disturbing climax. The story line is complicated by the
discovery that there exists within Silver’s family, Huntington’s Disease, a
pernicious, incurable genetic condition, which puts Tanaka’s child at risk.
WOLFE’S CHOICE is primarily the
story of a successful physician, whose life and the life of his family is
turned upside-down because of a single, disastrous moment. He must make
choices, none of which can satisfy the dilemma in which he finds himself. In
the end, he is forced to make a final choice, one where there can be no
equivocation or looking back as to what might have been.