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Max Krenke is a journalist working at a weekly newspaper, dutifully keeping his hamster wheel of a life spinning in his role as husband and father. Until he gets sacked from his job without notice, on his 45th birthday no less.

He is suddenly forced to examine the shards of his shattered self-image. Max decides not to tell his family about losing his job, and spends his days sitting hopelessly on a park bench. Until one day Nancy appears in the park like an angel, and he follows her.

Nancy is 24 and holds classes at a gym whose only members are a small group of musclebound men. But she has these men firmly under control, and captures Max and his ambitions as well. Duck walks and hip gyrations help Max gradually find his way back to himself, to the old Max, and maybe even find the meaning of life, at least his own meaning in his life.