There is nothing wrong with Fran. There is nothing wrong with her marriage to Nick; they’ve been married for more than a dozen years, since they were eighteen. There is nothing wrong with her little boy Louis; he has good health and a sweet nature. They all live together in their London flat. And then one day, Fran walks away. Nick is left on his own with Louis. The manager of a successful restaurant, Nick is unable to stop working in order to care for his child. Louis becomes a restaurant baby. Moving back and forth in time as well as place, the novel travels from London to Las Vegas, back to London and then onto Vancouver, where Fran embarks on a search for her own mother, Ireni.