I picked up this book because I like Ian McEwan as an author and wanted to read a book about the Netherlands before traveling for vacation. Well although this book has almost nothing to do with Amsterdam, it was definitely worth reading. The story starts off with the funeral of Molly Lane which is attended by some of her former lovers. All of them have achieved fame in their own careers, but are at a point in life where they are looking to do one last GREAT thing that will launch them into the history books. But two of the men are faced with a difficult moral dilemma - do they choose fame, even when someone else could get hurt? McEwan has picked an interesting and controversial topic and woven a good story around it.