A secretary struggles to make small talk at her office, a delivery man lives in his van, a soap opera character can't remember more than an hour a day, and then there's Rus. Rus is forced to get a job and pay taxes, like everyone else.
Rus is a creature of habit. His mother left him an apartment and debit card, from which he withdraws money everyday to purchase a drink at Starbucks. Until Rus is told by a government agency that his apartment is illegal and that he owes taxes. Rus panics and his cash is stolen by a smooth talking Russian submarine captain.
As Rus capitulates to the demands of society and gets a job through a controlling new girlfriend, his local postal worker surveys the other residents. Mrs. Blue compulsively steals hand creams. A secretary struggles to make conversation (much less human connections), a delivery man wants to make a name for himself but struggles with his immigrant status, and an older gentleman will finally have the chance to meet the Queen.
With Rus at the head of a lonely adventure to discover meaning in a complex and alienating world, debut novelist Adriaanse weaves together the intersecting lives of neighbors struggling to live in a world of corporate sameness and forced interactions.