Piet Barol, the pleasure seeker of the title, has known from adolescence that he is "extremely attractive to most women and to many men".
An accomplished pianist, draughtsman and lover, he applies for the role of tutor to the disturbed son of a wealthy Amsterdam hotelier.
Newly installed in this gilded cage, he soon finds that the entire family, from wife to manservant, is in need of his healing touch.
Tirelessly inventive, Mason succeeds in constructing an entire erotic adventure around a Dutch family's flagging libido. Upstanding stuff.