New York, USA: the
headhunter JAY GAINES only places
people in senior positions, that is, positions with earnings starting
at $600,000 a year. He is like a secret agent between two fronts:
the customer (a firm with top-level positions to fill) and the
company that will lose some important manpower. At the moment
he is under a lot of pressure because his latest assignment is
threatening to be a disaster. He is using all of his charm on
the telephone to try to procure a ’Mr. or Ms. Perfect’
as fast as possible for his impatient customer.
Meanwhile, while CHAMILA practices
in chorus with her class of adult women the new English
phrase ’cooking pot’, VOLKER
DIRK are proving their knowledge of construction
under the critical eyes of their possible next employer
in the courtyard of the job center in Magdeburg.In New York,
JAY GAINES is holding a crisis
meeting in his company. The members of the meeting are all
wondering whether they should just throw in the towel on
Now that DIRK
and VOLKER have passed their
English class and numerous tests, they are waiting to begin
their new work in England. However, the starting date is
delayed week after week. An unpleasant surprise may await
them, and they may find themselves in a completely different
situation than they have been expecting...
CHAMILA has been lucky: she
gets to report to a new position as a nanny in Nicosia.
Her entire family accompanies her to the airport. Leaving
her children with their grandmother is especially hard for
As she arrives in Cyprus she is received and brought to her new
home by her Cypriot agent. She is standing in a huge house, filled
with unfamiliar smells, a foreign language and a pack of obstreperous
The headhunter JAY GAINES has
to put his foot in his mouth again and offers his customer
not only an embarassing but also inappropriate proposition.
His facade of a cool, successful Wall Street headhunter
is beginning to crumble. But he isn’t giving up yet...
Our three protagonists are going through similar phases
in the global employment placement process: No matter which
side they are on, where they come from, or how much money
they have, they are but stocks in the employment stockmarket.
And they are discovering something particularly threatening
as they speculate or as they are speculated upon: their