The first chapter boldly asks, "What Is the Nature of Love?" It sets the tone for the rest of the book, raising more questions than giving answers. Levine warns us up front that his "thinking about love has been informed by three forces: my practice as a clinician, my individual life experiences in the sphere of love, and my reading." This reading includes philosophy and fiction as well as scientific treatises. The subheadings include Adult Love Is Largely an Ideal, The Beginnings of Love, Staying in Love, Love Is Not Simply a Feeling, Love as a Road Map of Development, and What Is the Significance of Love to Psychiatry? Under the last heading Levine notes that "love is what patients talk about" (it gets more "air-time" than work) and that "not understanding love may predispose mental health professionals to ethical violations," referring to egregious boundary violations when the emotional arousal stimulated by the intimacy of patient care is not handled appropriately.