The story centers around singer Thiola Rayfield and her band Big T and the Texas Wheel. The plot follows the band’s climb to success and Thiola’s tumultuous relationship with their violently abusive, alcoholic manager Justice Parker. In the midst of the chaos, a murder occurs, leaving authorities with a trio of suspects and a mystery to solve.
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Frank Walsh, a widower after 41 years of marriage meets and falls for Florence, an extroverted woman quite different from his late wife. The relationship brings out a joyful, spirited side of Frank but his grown children make it clear they do not approve of her.
The protagonist, Beli Bora Perjar, is a charming but mean-spirited gypsy, while his former affair, the kafana singer Lenče, is submissive. Bora is in love with the younger Tisa, who is being offered in marriage by her step-father. The two get themselves in trouble and eventually have to flee. Tisa rejects her husband and she and Bora get married in the church. Tisa tries to get to Belgrade, while Bora stabs a man in a knife fight. They are both, therefore, exiled from their Romani camp, yet their adventures continue.
A lonely widower begins to lust for his neighbor’s young and attractive wife. The affair that ensues brings his downfall; in the process, the whole community suffers.
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she’s widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she’s assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn’t go as plan, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albania prison. And it’s up to her to get them out.
Three con artists try to fool an African militant by selling him a bogus shipment of arms. Things go awry however, when the three have plotted to double-cross each other in trying to take the money.
Roland, an idler living on the Left Bank in Paris, is determined to inflict a terrible revenge on his friend Arthur, after the latter subjected him to a harmless joke. He engages the services of the seductive Ambroisine, who pretends to fall in love with Arthur. Oblivious to his friend’s scheming, Arthur is certain that Ambroisine’s feelings for him are genuine and looks forward to their wedding day.
American Steve Daggett travels to Cuba to search for a missing friend, Hank Miller, who has been kidnapped by anti-Castro forces. Joining Steve in the hunt is Monica, his ex-girlfriend who is now married to Hank.