In the second half of the book, the crime novel kicks in. One of the faculty orgy participants is murdered. Throoft is accused of the crime, and it's up to him and VanderPlatts to find the real killer. This is complicated by the fact that someone has just about destroyed VanderPlatts' life.
You won't find any likable characters here (well, I didn't like any of them), but they're real enough, and their problems make for compulsive reading. As I said at the beginning, it's a wild ride, and it's only 99 cents for Kindle. Check it out.