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At a college dance Paxton Quigley, who likes to regale his fraternity brothers with stories of his sexual prowess, meets Tobey Clinton, a pretty student from the nearby college for women. Despite his reluctance to commit himself to any one girl, Paxton falls in love with Tobey and spends his summer vacation with her. Though their idyllic romance is cut short by the arrival of Tobey's parents, they resume their affair when classes begin again in the fall. Still unwilling to be tied down, Paxton falls victim to Eulice, an attractive black art student who seduces him and persuades him to pose for her in the nude. Before long, Paxton extends his favors to a third girl, Jan, a Jewish flower child. By adhering to an intricate time schedule, he keeps each girl convinced that she is his only love. In time, however, the girls discover his deception, and they plot to teach him a lesson. Locking him in an attic, they individually visit him daily in a combined effort to sap, and then destroy, his sexual appetite. Paxton enjoys himself at first, but he soon admits defeat and begs to be released. He goes on a hunger strike, but the girls continue to make their daily visits to the attic. Eventually, Eulice and Jan weaken in their resolve, despite Tobey's demand that he be kept a hostage until he explains his behavior. Too weak to walk when he is finally released, he collapses in the girls' dormitory and is hospitalized. While recovering, he realizes that Tobey's action was only a measure of the love she has for him; and, once he is discharged, he allows Eulice to drive him to the bus station in the hope of stopping the departing Tobey. No longer caring about his big-man-on-campus reputation, Paxton takes the willing Tobey in his arms and wins her forgiveness.