One fine sunny day in some odd time, Kuromori decided to walk to Torrance Beach, in order to feel the sand between his toes and see vistas once seen by Pio Pico. He departed his tiny apartment in the old pink stucco building and walked the long distance to the sea. Along the way, he came across the gutterpunk Adam Meteortrain, the failed graduate student Michael Park, and the unemployed tax accountant called Flyspeck.