Tom, a New Zealander living in Oxford, is feeling stifled and worn down by his rollercoaster relationship with the increasingly domineering Janice. After some soul-searching and unsure where he wants the relationship to go, the decision is taken out of his hands. Following a night out seeking solace with friends, Tom returns to find that Janice has thrown his belongings into the street. Homeless and hung-over, he is forced to make a fresh start. Fortune delivers Tom to the door of his acquaintance John, who is an uncouth, secretive and mysterious Australian, who forms a stark contrast to the sensitive, likeable and awkward Tom. John immediately suggests that Tom move in with him and the mismatched housemates eventually form a closer bond, even though their personalities clash. When local barman Pieter, a quietly confident South African, loses his job John shows his well-hidden sensitive side and invites Pieter to move in to the spare room at the house he now shares with Tom. Another character enters Tom's life and the three men form a mutual affinity over their cultural love of barbecued meat and quality lager. Although Tom is free of the shackles of his relationship with Janice, he remains the victim of manipulation, this time from John who wields far more influence over Tom's private life than Tom is aware of. With his two housemates' secretive habits Tom's imagination starts to run away from him and his mind is filled with questions: Is John really a web developer or a part time serial killer?; Is Pieter having a secret affair with his girlfriend's father?; Is internet dating the future for finding happiness?; Where is the best place to get turf in central Oxford?; And just what is in the locked attic? So many questions and yet the truth still turns out to be stranger than fiction. This often humorous, light-hearted tale follows Tom on a period of change in his life. As he stands on his own two feet, develops friendships and looks for love. The smart compelling writing contains just enough tension to keep the pages turning without leaving behind the likable, believable Tom.