On a warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. Their relationship will force each of them to grapple with their own histories, secrets, and wants. This stunning debut is the story of the ways in which our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love. A haunting novel of erotic obsession by a major new talent.