This is the story of Stan Cattermole, alias Bête de Jour. It starts here: The Beginning of a Great Adventure. If you don't know what happens, you should probably follow that link and read the whole thing from the beginning. It'll only take you a few days.
Or you could just buy the book, which actually tells a lot more of Stan's story.
Then you should go to karlwebster.com and be nice to Karl. He's ace.