Tony, the main character, is introduced as a teenager and reaches the age of forty-five at the conclusion of the book. He is an Italian male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is a clean-cut college graduate who is employed by a mob boss. Tony’s invitation to play in a baseball game has a huge impact on his future. The game concludes when his team is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang. Tony escapes the gang of thugs by hiding in the backseat of a car that belongs to a mob boss, Mr. Guidice. He takes a liking to Tony and provides him with a menial but well-paying job. A mob hit that goes wrong results in a conversation between the two that opens the door to a bizarre arrangement. Tony is employed by Mr. Guidice to provide plans for murders that look like accidents. He needs a cover to hide his involvement in the scheme, so he poses as a consultant in a small out-of-the-way town. Along the way, he meets an intelligent, beautiful college girl named Kate, with whom he falls deeply in love. He manages to keep the criminal part of his life well hidden from others, especially from the love of his life. His relationship with Kate has its ups and downs and eventually falls apart. That doesn’t stop him from revisiting his past years after he flees from his mob boss and his job as consultant.