I’m trying not to give away plot points, but it is not an uncommon reaction to the kind of culture shock I have in mind. I’ve seen it happen. A sense of belonging is a main theme I am going to explore, and this detail is in part based on the young people who return back to Aruba after trying to start their studies in the Netherlands. It is harder than you might think to go from a place where you’re considered normal to a place where you’re a unwelcome minority. In Theodor’s case, his coping mechanism is walking away.