Danny (Noah Taylor) is living in the 47th shared house of his late twenties. Obsessed with all the classic male existential dilemmas and the icons that they entail, Danny is trying to make sense of the bizarre and unexpected strangeness one can only get by living with a random series of complete strangers.
Starting in the tropical, testosterone-riddled environment of Brisbane, with an overabundance males and one tomboyish girl, Sam (Emily Hamilton), Danny decides to save himself by writing the ultimate existentialist novel. The arrival of Anya (Romane Bohringer) and a Miami Vice style rental dilemma, throws his life and ultimately the house he is living in, completely off track.
House #48 is in Melbourne… rain, sleet, serious young insects and dressing in black. Danny finds himself in a Kafkaesque nightmare, taking on the character of the city with a pair of philosophising Detectives and a hard-core collection of his drop-kick followers who end up discovering that in state of Victoria, the police have a tendency to shoot to kill.
Escaping to Sydney and House #49, Danny comes up hard against a 'Melrose on Acid' meets a 'Hetero-Fascist Sterility Conspiracy' life-style conundrum in a city that is busily re-inventing itself into a new Los Angeles with ocean views. In amongst this nightmare, he is dragged kicking and screaming into an emotional upheaval that finally points the way to his own salvation.
From the novel by John Birmingham.