"Such a promising book, such a disappointing end"
My main summary is better coming at the beginning rather than the end, so I dont disillusion you - believe me I now know how that feels.
So, imagine you're the Fabio Capello (England manager). For the last 2 years you have been working with some of the highest paid footballers in the world, you're unbeaten in qualifying and now you're sitting in a FIFA hall awaiting the World Cup draw. You stand a good chance of doing well in this tournament as long as the draw works favourably for you.
Now imagine you are Joshua Ferris (the author of this book).