At table in Lahore a bearded Pakistani man converses with an American stranger. As dusk deepens to the dark and he begins the talbe that has brought him to this clear meeting. Among the brightest and best of his educational class at Princeton, Changez is snapped by Underwood and Samson, an elite form that specializes in valuation of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on New York and the intensity of his work and his infatuation with the beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in the city he loves suddenly overturned and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past.