The book begins with a strange and horrible tale where Jeff is used as bait—slathered with rotting food—to catch wild dogs. This part is written in weird little vignettes. It ends with 'My First Fiction' about a security guard and a punk kid. But, in between, the stories have a certain cohesion whose emotional core is Jeff's horrendous drunk of a mother, who burns him with the clothes iron. Each of his other arrivals and departures mimic his first flight from her, out into the woods to discover Liberia, the kid camp where the painting of the truckers was hidden. When he leaves there, he goes to three girl oracles, who give him a blank fortune, which means death. Later he is kidnapped and drugged by a perverse, evil German, whom he again has to escape in a section recalling Dennis Cooper at his most abject.