Remember Mikey, the little boy who hated everything? Now, imagine him at forty-eight, never married, unemployed, and spending his time pounding a way on as if it were a game of Whac-A-Mole. One day, Mikey reads a book promising love and romance abroad. The next day, he blows his severance on a four-month, solo trip around the world. Welcome to God Bless Cambodia.

While shopping for a backpack, the narrator encounters a salesman who knows more about overseas massage parlors than he does about travel gear.

Before his trip around the world, the narrator visits a local travel clinic and encounters the world's most sadistic vaccine nurse.