Andre Dubus III tells the story of two strangers, from very different cultures, on a collision course to disaster. April is a young stripper. Unable to get a babysitter for the night, she's taking her three-year old daughter, Franny, with her to work.
Also heading towards the Florida strip club is Islamic fundamentalist, Mansoor Bassam. With 48 hours to go before he'll fly a plane into one of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, he's hoping to arrange an appointment with April in her "champagne room". Dubus gets into the heads of both characters, with varying degrees of success.