Xavier David Lysten loves playing the game of football. Combine that love with the forethought of his high school coach, he became one of the NFL's premiere quarterbacks, but getting to that level was a rough and rocky road.
While barely a teenager, Xavier and his family were abandoned by the father who, at the time, was the only source of the family's income, thus forcing the family to live life without him.
He became a star quarterback from the moment that he was thrust into the position. Stardom followed him, beginning with high school and continuing through his college years only to have everything stripped away at the professional level because of some irresponsible decisions on his part.
Seemingly unending family tragedies coupled with Xavier's inability to live life in a responsible manner propelled him into a downward spiral of alcohol abuse.
After a term spent in the California penal system, Xavier is determined to begin repairing the damage that he created in his own life. He sets out to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in and winning a Super Bowl.
Jeff Fenner’s life is out of control. At the nadir of a rocky, sometimes-up-usually-down career, he has come face to face with his demons: he’s being investigated by the police, he owes money to the wrong people, and he sees an empty future shutting down in front of him.
When Jeff hears that his sister Marilyn has jumped from a twelfth-floor balcony, he refuses to believe she killed herself, and he embarks on a tortuous journey toward self-discovery and redemption . . . and toward the beautiful but troubled Holly Barnes. Holly’s own demons have led her to a self-help cult in Beverly Hills called Saving Our Lives. Through Holly, Jeff learns of a string of apparent suicides eerily similar to his sister’s—and that Holly is the next target.
After the untimely death of his distant and supposedly affluent father, twenty-one year old Norman discovers that his only inheritance is a staggering debt, forcing him to drop out of university and abandon his academic aspirations. His mother having died giving birth to him, Norman finds himself alone and desperate for guidance. In an attempt to make sense of his increasingly alienating circumstances, Norman begins chronicling his past in a diary.
Norman describes a solitary childhood populated with imaginary mentors in the likes of Zeus, Pablo Picasso and Othello; mentors who visit him again now in this time of distress.
The only rooting presence in his life, offering brief distractions from the confines of his artificially curated world, comes in the form of his elderly landlady Dolores who -for what would initially appear to be purely philanthropic motives- provides food and shelter for Norman, asking only for his company in return. Through their nightly conversations, Norman is forced to face the incongruity between the imaginary world he has fashioned for himself and the world as it exists outside of his control. As elements of the past begin to collide with the present, Norman must consider the differences between perception and reality, and the decisions with which the world confronts him.