What is it like to lose your job and to become unemployed? What is it like having to cope with the loss of your self-respect and your sense of identity? Although this is what happens to the book’s narrator he is determined to deal with these evils in his own way. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, both his personal circumstances and his love-life seem to be going from bad to worse.
Almost in despair, he goes to seek advice from one of the new friends he has made. To his surprise, he learns that Ivor, is a prominent member of the UKGB, an organisation that is strongly opposed to Britain ‘s membership of the EU. Even worse, to his horror, he learns that Ivor is about to use explosives to further this cause.
What is at stake here, he finally begins to realise, concerns not merely his own precarious position in life, but the self-respect and the sense of identity of the whole nation. He has to do something, anything! But the choices he is then faced with are overwhelming. Is he to forsake Anna, the woman he loves, or betray his friend to the police. Which is it to be?