The trilogy is about a young and fresh-out-of-university engineer who lands a job in SE Asia. Totally unknown territory for him. All the mishaps and mistakes and misunderstandings. Local ladies. Other expats. Beautiful ladies and some not so nice. Generally how he muddles his way through whilst employed by the UK government and not end up in jail.
Beginnings is how it all came about and is based in the UK, learning curve is based in SE Asia, and all the confusion and mishaps. In Old Asia Hand, which is when he feels he has a handle and a firm grip on life in SE Asia, and how mistaken he can be.