The storm begins and Calixta's family is separated. In a classical novel beginning, danger lurks from that old titan, Mother Nature herself. The man of the house, Bobinot, is away from home and can't protect his wife. Readers are given the impression that a woman is alone and possibly in danger back at the ranch. Calixta's old lover arrives at her house just in time to be trapped there by the storm. It would be one thing if Calixta had to wait out the storm alone in the big house, worrying about her husband and small son being in danger out in the storm. But she's not alone: as soon as the storm starts, a handsome guy comes to the picture a guy she has a history with. That's a complication waiting to happen!. Calixta and Alcee are reminded of their past flirtation. As we were just saying, this conflict is a complicated one. First Alcee shows up and keeps Calixta from being alone. While it's technically OK for them to be alone together from a societal standpoint (they're both married, and it's a cyclone), it's pretty clear they both feel a little weird about it.That weirdness is compounded when they start having flashbacks to the more physical interludes they had in the past. Once they start remembering their attraction to another, it's a slippery slope to acting on that attraction again. Calixta and Alcee have sex. We realize that putting this scene in this category is a bad pun waiting to happen. It's impossible to avoid, though, since this is the most exciting part of the story, the part where the characters are either approaching or coming down from their high point. Both the story and the characters reach their high points at the same time here. It's rare that this element of the plot is played out so literally in fiction, but it happens from time to time. Calixta's family returns home just after Alcee leaves. Here we wait with bated breath. Will Bibi and Bobinot get home before Alcee leaves? Will they cross paths?