Brazil had plans to connect its two largest cities with a high-speed train, a billion dollar project to be inaugurated in time for the 2014 World Cup. A solution was offered by an Italian businessman facing fraud charges and a Brazilian politician. Together, the two men role-played their way into a farce riddled with unsolved mysteries. This story was published by Bang, a magazine dedicated to report true stories from the extreme corners of the world. Visit www.medium.com/bang-bang.