While newer and taller buildings, growing between 74 Lakeview Avenue and the lake itself, forever changed their exterior landscape, the growing social unrest of the sixties forever changed the inhabitant's internal landscapes. The old roles are evaporating too quickly, the new ones are solidifying too slowly, and free-floating angst is seeping into the corridors from under many of the closed doors.
It is the late seventies, and the lake can only be seen from the bathroom in number ten. Behind every door in the apartment building, people are struggling to establish and maintain relationships within the context of a new and still evolving society.
74 Lakeview Avenue is written from the perspective of a superintendent named Earnest as he retells the stories of his tenants and the struggles they hide behind closed doors. Through a series of short stories, the reader learns about the many characters, their lives, and how they each deal with their struggles.