A sick old man determines the day of his death and the means by which he will end his `noble' existence.
On his last day, he tells the story of his `noble' past, and of his philosophy as a noble. The story is told in a nightmarish tone with the dramatic, clear and driving voice of a passionate protagonist who believes he has led an authentic life - one that is true to the person that he is: the life of a noble.
He alone has given meaning to his existence and he disparages both religion and science.
He lives and he dies; there is nothing more than this, and the time while he lives is his own - to make of it what he will - and he has `willed himself to power'.
Yet has he been a protagonist within the story that he relates, or is he simply delusional?The novel explores the Nietzsche `noble' through the thoughts and experiences - real and imaginable - of the old man.
It is an exploration of the theatre of the absurd, which is also the playground of the human species in a certain time and context.
The time is the century after the passing away of the much acclaimed writer, Nietzsche, and the context is Europe: that continent of civility, modernism and post-modernism, developing technology, human diversity, industrialisation and individual liberty.
But a continent also of nihilistic ambition and state repression, and of states with the greater capacity to mass destruct: a continent in almost perpetual conflict, and a civilisation increasingly uncertain of what meaning to give to life.