The setting is a homey diner called "Clara's", where the protagonist is "lured" into, with the promise of inexpensive food. The place appeals, "family-run and clean," the signs "neat," and the interior are "old-fashioned." But the protagonist also has an appealing disposition. He sits at the counter, "leaving the empty tables for other customers that might come in." He seems like a nice guy, just any guy looking for a clean place to eat, in what seems to be a very ordinary day in an ordinary diner, but the extraordinary event of deportation occurs.