Filled with wry humour, this comical tale of lust and larceny takes a cynical look at the present-day Republic of Ireland following the collapse of the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' economy.
When Dublin-based journalist Conor O'Brien is sent down to a small town in South Tipperary to cover what appears to be a non-story about the vandalising of an ancient monument, he discovers a curious community seemingly trapped in a time warp. Before long he finds himself caught up in a web of political intrigue, ancient rivalries, class warfare, sex and murder.
With a failing marriage and a drink problem to contend with, Conor struggles to make sense of the situation he has stumbled upon.
He also meets the beguiling Amy O'Shea, daughter of a local business tycoon and property developer and is becomingly attracted to her, although at first she shows little reciprocal interest.
Even more inconveniently, Amy's father is heavily embroiled in the political and economic chicanery that Conor has been sent by his editor to report upon.
As the story progresses, Conor finds his loyalties well and truly divided and, as the fence he is accustomed to sitting on crumbles beneath him, he realises that he has to take a stand and that no choice is not a choice.