When Roman answers an ad to work at ManGrowth Manor, a specialty hospital for men only, and a place that Roman has never heard of, he is unclear of his duties at the institution and even more confused about the mission of the hospital itself. After being given a brief tour of ManGrowth Manor, Roman is still uncertain about the job, but he decides to give it a chance. It doesn’t take long, however, for him to realize that there is something very odd about ManGrowth Manor and he wonders if the expectations of him are quite different than had originally been explained.
Excerpt: “ManGrowth Manor is a facility for men who have expressed feelings for other men the way they should be expressing feelings toward women. Some have openly confessed to these feelings and others, well, unfortunately, others have actually been discovered with men in the way they should desire to be with women and that is, in a sexual way. The men here at ManGrowth Manor are confused, Roman, but when they leave here they are prepared to fulfill their natural place in society, as real men.” The emphasis that Mr. Osio had placed on the word “real” disturbed Roman. Did the university know about this? Did they know that such a place as ManGrowth Manor existed today? This was not the 1950s. Time did pass up here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as it did everywhere else, didn’t it? “Roman, do you understand now?” Roman tried not to look stunned, but he was shocked. He was shocked at everything Mr. Osio had said. He was mostly shocked at Mr. Osio’s belief in his own crap that he was spewing.