The narrator of the novel, Holden, knows for a fact that he is the famous Holden Caufield of J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, but, for some reason, no one else at the place where he lives knows that. Nor do they listen when he tells them. They just insist that he take these dreadful "horse-pills", which sometimes help Holden when the mirror on the ceiling falls on him, or when snakes escape from the plumbing and fill his room. Holden's mother and sister try to give him as much love as they can, and it seems satisfactory until Holden meets Grace. A nurse who not only becomes the love of Holden's young life, but who loves him equally in return. Can Grace's love help Holden to convince those in power to release him? Can Holden and Grace leave together and live a normal life? What is a normal life for Holden? Darkly humorous, poignant, and intense, Balter takes us into a world where nothing is reliable, nothing is predictable. Nothing, that is, except love. And that's what Holden wants. Love. Will he get his freedom? Will he get love? Will he get to live "happily ever after"?