After his bored and ignored wife, Penny Gamesh, ends it all by sticking her head inside a microwave oven and checking into the afterlife, her husband, Barney, discovers he loves her and wants her back. He engineers a daring computer crime, plugging into a network of government computers, and travels back in time to Mesopotamia, 2542 B.C., to talk to King Gilgamesh, who tried to unlock the secrets of immortality. There, Barney falls in love with Penny’s former incarnation, a temple prostitute. And he explores his capacity for love and friendship and challenges the mystery of death. The results surprise everyone.