The author flew to Taiwan to teach English. What was intended to be only a one year teaching job turned into nine years of learning, multi-sports racing, and falling in love.
In this book he tells the story of Jack, who drifts into that occupation with the same languor that has characterized every other action in his life. But Taiwan has other plans for this slacker, who discovers that if he wants to survive in his new environment, effort will definitely need to be part of the package. Slowly his flat, lackluster existence begins to take on new dimensions as Jack learns to function in a puzzling and challenging new world.