Berlin, 1995. The Wall is down, Christo has wrapped the Reichstag, and gay travel writer Roger Staines is fast approaching his fortieth birthday. He's experiencing the usual meaning-of-life angst, but things go completely berzoo when he meets Friedrich of the angelic looks, and Nikki of the flaming red hair. Ricocheting between Sydney, Berlin and Venice, Roger is caught in a world that travel writing didn't prepare him for. Worse still, Roger has learnt how to use a gun and he can't put it down.