Once again Ramon, Lucio, Milos and Neil gather at Gancio's restaurant to share lunch and their mutual passion for storytelling. It is Neil's turn to take to the floor but instead Milos demands the right to take precedence. He has no choice, he says, his story has already been too long awaiting the telling.
As the story unfolds his friends are horrified to learn the reason for his urgency.
This is a novel with a huge range and scope, set within a real historical landscape populated by figures like Adolf Eichmann and the Hungarian and Russian secret police; a story of survival which begins in Hungary but seeks its conclusion in Australia.