Synopsis: Moore explores the many factors that influence the direction of our lives. Just like the "other" Wes Moore, the author got into trouble as a kid, and left a prestigious private school that his mother had found to shelter him from the streets of the Bronx. But several influences, including mentors and family support, steadied him. Meanwhile, the "other" Moore was adrift, without meaningful support from parents and teachers. He fell into the spiral of drugs and violence that has claimed so many kids in this city.