The sparse, yet poetic language of Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare is layered in powerful sexual subtext. Set during the great London Plague of 1665, the action takes place in a single, boarded-up room in a once grand house where the wealthy gentleman, upper-class merchant William Snelgrave and his subdued wife, Darcy, wait out a month-long quarantine. Just before their captivity ends, the process begins anew when two unwanted visitors sneak in. They are Bunce, a rough-hewn seaman, and Morse, the 12 year-old who may or may not be the surviving daughter of a neighboring family. Stirring the pot from time to time is Kabe, a black market schemer, and one of the guards assigned to make sure no one breaks quarantine.