A burrito-seller has a killer business idea, but learns that success comes at a price. An Italian couple moves south for a fresh start, but finds that paradise holds a nasty sting. A lonely widower can't believe his tuck when he receives a mysterious letter from England. A young woman waits on her graduation day, heart in mouth, for an explosive event. With wry humour and searing empathy, T. C. Boyle fixes his unerring eye on humanity's greed, excess, indifference and fragility, and the unintended consequences of our efforts to control our mortality and the world around us.