Jim Cantrell is a disillusioned language teacher in Spain . Not only is he beginning to feel some guilt regarding his having returned to Europe after his grandparents had ventured away to claim the New World for themselves and their progeny, but the conditions in which he finds himself are personally and pedagogically demoralizing. Will he ever be able to make any sense of the factors which seem to have co-opted his very existence? Or are the people and events in his life merely to be thought of as characters and interludes in a theatre play, to be enjoyed for the little they might be able to afford and expectant of the next? Varying degrees of stream-of-consciousness prose, at times threatening to yield to the completely lucid, make this as much a conceptual challenge as an enjoyable distraction.