M. Henderson Ellis lived in Prague for two years in the first half of the 1990s and there taught English and tended bar. A Chicago-area native and a graduate of Bennington College, he has lived in Budapest, Hungary, since 2001, where in 2004 he co-founded the English-language literary review Pilvax, which he edits to this day. He makes his living as a writer and freelance editor at Wordpillediting.com.
Miles recently moved back home to Chicago from LA, where he had an emotional breakdown. There he finds post-collegiate friends, all trapped in their own holding patterns. He immediately falls in with his childhood companion Claxton, who's pastime is igniting discarded Christmas trees. Miles finds himself in a place where he must either grow up - and fast - or be stuck in his circumstances forever.