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It is the mid-eighties, two decades into the brutal rule of Ferdinand Marcos. The Philippine economy is in deep recession, and civil unrest is growing by the day. But Primi Peregrino has her own priorities: tracking down books and pursuing romantic connections with their authors. As the Marcos dictatorship stands poised to topple, Primi remains true to her fantasy: that she, 'a vagabond from history, a runaway from time,' can be saved by sex, love, and books.