Oliver Vale's life is mundane in the extreme, with only the latest satellite rerun of his favourite John Wayne movie to brighten up the night, when zap! everything changes. Every TV and cable channel on earth is suddenly broadcasting a message to Oliver. And nobody likes it, least of all him. It would appear that the legendary Buddy Holly did not die in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens, but is alive and well on Ganymede, a little-known Jovian satellite. Mr Holly wants to come home and Oliver is his only contact on earth: perhaps because he was conceived at the moment Holly's fatal flight nose-dived into the frozen Iowa soil; perhaps because Oliver's mother was convinced that he was her beloved Buddy's reincarnation.