Man, Woman and Child
is a novel
by Erich Segal
. It details the lives of Robert and Sheila Beckwith and their daughters Jessica and Paula. A film
Robert is contacted one day by a friend in France, who tells him that Nicole, a woman with whom Robert had had an affair
years ago, has died - and Jean-Claude, the son Robert never knew he had is now an orphan. That evening, Robert explains the situation to Sheila, and they agree to take in Jean-Claude for the summer holidays; however, they also agree to keep Jean-Claude's true identity a secret.
Later that summer, Sheila (a journalist) is tempted by the possibility of an affair with an author she has been interviewing. At the same time, Jessica and Paula discover Jean-Claude's true identity,through Davey Ackerman , Robert's friends son . They refuse to speak to their parents.
As the Beckwiths are bringing Jean-Claude to the airport to return to France, he suddenly falls ill and is hospitalized. After surgery, during which the Beckwiths become closer again, he makes a full recovery. He agrees to return to France, but will return to visit them at each holiday.
The critically acclaimed Hindi movie Masoom (meaning 'The Innocent' in Hindi), by Indian director Shekhar Kapoor, is also based on an adaptation of this book.