Victor and Cody have the American dream -- a house, two cars, upwardly mobile income, and each other -- but all is not well in paradise. Cody's naïve belief in other people's goodwill led to one recent assault from which he struggles to recover. Returning to his art, he seems to find his balance, only to be betrayed by a friend and brutally assaulted again.
Victor, wracked by guilt and shackled to a grueling, time-devouring career, must find a way to help Cody back from the darkness and to keep him safe from his self-destructive behavior. With the help of a common-sense therapist, some loyal friends and Cody's own impetuous nature, their recovery and their relationship have a chance. If the criminals who attacked Cody would leave him alone, that is.