In Jonathan Lethems wryly funny second novel, we meet a young man named Chaos, whos living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans.
Its an unusual and at times unbearable existence, but Chaos soon discovers that his post-nuclear reality may have no connection to the truth. So he takes to the road with a girl named Melinda in order to find answers. As the pair travels through the United States they find that, while each town has been affected differently by the mysterious source of the apocalypse, none of the people they meet can fill in their incomplete memories or answer their questions. Gradually, figures from Chaoss past, including some who appear only under the influence of intravenously administered drugs, make Chaos remember some of his forgotten life as a man named Moon.
Since the war and the bombs, Hatfork is a sick town—full of mutants and sexual deviants. Chaos lives in the projection booth in the abandoned Multiplex, trying to remember his past. With a fur-covered girl named Melinda, Chaos sets out on a journey in pursuit of his missing identity. A stolen love will pull Chaos and Melinda deep into a kaleidoscope of broken reality.