Staring down the barrel of an incurable genetic disease, Brian Scott Pfeifle, a gay man from Modesto, California, reacts the way any American would: He changes his name to Felix Etienne-Edouard, enters psychoanalysis to interpret his daffiest dreams and sets out to befriend the would-be ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Otto von Habsburg. His quest takes him all the way to Vienna, in the spirit of now-or-never. Felix Austria! is a story of life-defining passions, fears, and triumphs. Topics of personal identity, escapism, class distinctions and fantasy are brilliantly interwoven amongst high notes of humor and the most royal of coincidences in this candid adventure of self-discovery.