Des moves in with a Beijing family, enrols in college and begins his quest to conquer the language. Things take a turn for the better when he teams up with his buddy Leo whom he first met in Ireland over ten years ago.
The Irishman decides to set up a comedy club in downtown Beijing, and his brother Aidan drops by for a visit and performs on the opening night. Life seems to be going well for the comedian, until he finds himself overpowered by grandmothers at a marriage market.
Five months into his adventure, the Irish-American writer and comedian decides to travel to the north of the country. While there, he opts to take a summer job in a family run restaurant where the food helps to give the language a whole new meaning.
The Irish-American writer and comedian and his friend Leo head off on a tour around China in search of the strange and unusual customs and cultures that make the country unique.
The Irish-American writer's deadline to perform a full stand-up comedy routine in Chinese nears. He decides to join forces with a local amateur comedy troupe to create a Western-style scene in Beijing.