The debut novel from Toronto author Derek Winkler
The independent corporate freehold of Federated Pitouie is a fleck of rock in the middle of the South Pacific, population 1,500. It has no industry, no economy, and no natural resources. What it does have is a volcano, a glossy brochure, and a list of industrial waste producers. High-ranking executives from half a dozen global corporations are about to descend on its pristine shores to bid for a hole in the ground.
Otis Wilson is also on his way to Pitouie. As associate editor of Waste Insight magazine, he's an old hand on the garbage beat. He thinks he s going to watch an innocent young nation reach for the soap in the prison shower of international commerce. What he s going to find is much stranger and has something to do with obscure events in an Inuit village on the coast of the Arctic Ocean thirty-five years ago. Sorting it out will be a challenge, even without the distraction of the girl.