Though this manuscript is a work of fiction its underlying message is of a non-fictional nature. It attacks the popular belief that altruism is "good" and therefore beneficial to mankind, whereas reality and evidence indicate an increasingly more dysfunctional and morally confused world. A rational, objective case is made against the tenet of altruism and the basis of an alternative philosophy suggested. Whilst the manuscript is not autobiographical, it does call on many personal experiences and observations. Motivated by a widespread misunderstanding, by an overwhelming majority of the population, as to what constitutes "human rights" and a virtually total ignorance and denial of property rights, the story tells of a middle-aged man who returns to England after many years abroad, his struggle to find meaningful employment and his uphill fight against an oppressive welfare state. His efforts to achieve financial independence and secure himself a future are continually frustrated by the punitive policies of an increasingly statist government. In desperation he resorts to measures that eventually lead him into conflict with the law and an appearance in court.He conducts his own defence and the reader is left to ponder upon his innocence or guilt. The book is written in an easy to comprehend, down-to-earth way and is designed to be read by anyone of any age who is concerned with the way Western society is moving, anyone who sees his life as empty and meaningless, anyone who wants a just, rational philosophy to live by or anyone who truly believes in freedom and the sanctity of the individual.