Rome Jeter is a blue-chip recruit and an only child who is mature for his age. As his life become complicated, the very social systems that raised him fail miserably. He is betrayed by the police, the press and even mentors.
This far-reaching novel addresses generations of change as the very peple responsible for cuorruption and mismanagement stay in power, and many of their subordinates realize they have been used and seek redemption. Some are successful, but many fail.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Jeter encounters adults admirable and ribald, humorous and crude. This outrageous and moving story leads to one conclusion: your present life is only secure if your plans for the future are sound.