Andrew arrives in the town of Knosting after he has been fired from his job at a big-city university, and a series of murders start happening soon after. He decides to apply his research skills to investigating these in order to find the killer and to write a book about the case.
The book is about the psychology of personal minimalism, about how the tendency to lead a minimalist life in your possessions and domestic space affects other aspects of your life – everything from relationships to perfectionism, consumerism to control, happiness to solitude. Why do minimalists do what they do? How do they benefit? What are the advantages and disadvantages of living sparely?