James arrives at Oxford and discovers he's no longer the top of his class at high school. What's more everyone seems to be having more of everything! More fun, more money, more parties, more marks! Just as he reaches his lowest ebb he meets Jess who introduces him to a more interesting side of Oxford in the home of deeply disturbed but very rich Mark whose hospitality knows no end. James learns many lessons through the book. The disturbing prologue leaves you uneasily waiting for what must come. A well written novel which has lots of understated lessons on life and death, and how we come to understand them.