The apparent accidental death of an unknown man leads provincial college lecturer, Larry Went, to a startling conclusion. A notebook, containing a series of baffling clues, seems to confirm Larry's hunch that the dead man was a famous European film-maker and intellectual. With the support of a cast of disparate friends, Larry begins to unravel a mystery that reveals a deadly battle between revolutionary and reactionary forces that has infected 20th century history and continues to affect and control contemporary society.
As the mystery accelerates, Larry is thrown into a maelstrom that leads him to question whether he is really at the centre of a global conspiracy or just developing an extreme form of narcissistic paranoia. The clues and their solutions revealing themselves through the history of cinema start to close in on Went and his family.
The only way to find an answer is to travel deep into the heart of the system that threatens to destroy him and everything he believes in. Once there he is offered a stark choice that ties his personal history to that of cinema and offers him either notoriety or obscurity.