Jarle is 24 when one night a phone call rouses him from his drunken sleep. It is his mother telling him that his father is dead. Instead of sadness, Jarle is filled with anger and a sense of relief. Two decades earlier, everything liiked good for the small nuclear family - the Orheim Company - who moved into a terrace house in Norways oil capital Stavanger. As Jarle grows up, he possesses an enormous will to make the best of his world: He falls volently in love with girls, becomes an anti-racist and a feminist; and pop music is constantly playing in his head. Bu one day Jarle canges his last name. He no longer wants to be Jarle Orheim; from now on his name is Jarle Klepp. What happened to the Orheim Company? Why was it that those who wantet only the best for one another, ended up doing each other harm?