Nick is 16 years old. He lives with his parents and works in his father’s grocery store in Monterey, Mauritius. He has only one thing on his mind: to get out of the poverty he has suffered since childhood. Thanks to an innate gift for mechanics, he is hired in a garage and begins to earn a living. But everything changes when he is spotted by a local drug gang. He has two choices: continue to work at his job or become a thug.
And Monterey? This is the tropical setting in which the story takes place. But as the story unfolds, new images evoke the world of American noir novels, such as Horace McCoy and David Goodis.
Beyond these lives devoted to misery and delinquency, Barlen Pyamootoo invents a world with a poetic sense and a very deep feeling that unites him with his “human brothers”.