London is a global village, and what brings the international residents of Pepys Road together is perhaps capital in the other sense - money: its tyranny over emotions, talents, lives. The sub-theme of the 'We Want What You Have' conspiracy adds depth and will keep you well and truly gripped until the last page.
Having a house in Pepys Road was like being in a casino in which you were guaranteed to be a winner. If you already lived there, you were rich. If you wanted to move there, you had to be rich. It was the first time in history this had ever been true. Britain had become a country of winners and losers, and all the people in the street, just by living there, had won. And the young man on the summer morning moved along the road, filming this street full of winners.