George Bowley was born in England just before the start of the World War II.
From the age of five he grew up in an orphanage, until at the age of eight when he was sent by ship to Cape Town, South Africa and then by rail to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. He was a victim of the British Government’s policy of the persuasive and forced migration of children to the furthest reaches of the Empire.
What identifies us in a world where the traditional foundations of identity are crumbling? This question means everything to Ferrari Auva’a. Although he has never been outside New Zealand and only speaks English, his ancestry identifies him as Samoan while culturally he identifies with the U.S. and Europe. But if he doesn’t know who he is, at least Ferrari knows what he is: a rubbish collector.
When Shayde Gamic reaches her sixteenth birthday a family secret is revealed to her that both explains and complicates her life. Things that have seemed strange all her life begin to make sense and she embraces this new knowledge whole-heartedly. Her only regret being that this knowledge may threaten her burgeoning relationship with seventeen-year-old Kruise Wright.
In the midst of butterscotch latte, wraps and muffins, two people develop a secret attraction to each other. In spite of this they both join a dating agency. Their fate is left to a peculiar dating program, which sets them on the road to true romance.