A work begun as the author sits in Medici's restaurant after being sacked from the English Department of Durham University for not wearing any shoes. Freed from the constraints of academia, the author dissects the ontology of fear, skipping barefoot from a metaphysical to a physically concrete account of human evil. The author's three past lives are considered as animating presences within this present, offering their commentary upon the fears and stupidities of the late Twentieth Century, and expanding to contemplate the nature of fear as the generating dynamo of all suffering. The work is poised oddly within the 1990s: arising from a consciousness native to the central desire of human life, but anchored within a distant, pre-Christian culture, the author reflects upon how that desire may be accommodated within a society alien and familiar. The prose is both shapely and concrete, borne up by the music of fine writing, yet always correlating directly to precise mental concepts. The book hovers somewhere between familiarity and strangeness, located within a recognizable human culture, while also subtly, powerfully different.