"Bone Deep" is an almost allegorical tale of a man labeled 'freak' and set outside the bounds of so-called normal society by his tattooed skin. A widowed farm wife takes on the responsibility of hiding and protecting this stranger from the evil carnival owner who has held him prisoner. Of course, the pair become romantically involved and discover depths of love and passion that give them the strength to stand against convention.
The post WWII time period is well-described and allows the reader to believe in the possibility of the tale. One can almost hear the music of the carnival carousel and smell the popcorn, or hear a Glenn Miller tune drifting through the air.
The erotic scenes are intense and heartfelt.
The bigoted, narrow mindset is typical of the time--and is sometimes still be witnessed in the world today. The story definitely gives the reader something to mull over.