Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnellys pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victors name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers.He prompts other memories too – of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victors own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio. But its the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control – and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.