This takes place as a young man named James Frey leaves jail. He finds his girlfriend has committed suicide because her grandmother died. He met her in a drug rehabilitation center. He also met a friend named Leonard at the same facility. Leonard takes him in as a son. Stating "I have always wanted a son, Since I did not have one you will be my son."
Leonard helps James financially. He is a mobster. Whenever James is in trouble Leonard helps him get through it. He helps him financially and emotionally. When he finds his girlfriend dead Leonard gives James money. No questions asked at that point. When no one would hire James due to his felonious background, it is Leonard who makes sure he is taken care of.
Through the course of this story Leonard and James become very very close like Father and son. It is then said that Leonard is homosexual and dies from Aids.
This report prepared by Jodi Raymer