What happens when your jealousies and insecurities threaten to undermine your life? That becomes the fate of Jack Pine after he falls in love with the free-spirited New York street artist, Oona Slayton. Jack suspects his roommate and best friend, Paris Teal, of trying to steal Oona away from him. As a result, he falls prey to inner demons. Jack commits an act so horrid that he manages to keep it hidden from even himself. When he finally faces the dark truth, he finds, ironically, that the only path to redemption is through his nemesis and former friend, Paris Teal. A man anguished by guilt and moral complexity, Jack Pine's wounded spirit struggles against the backdrops of rural Maryland, New York City, and the First Iraq War to find, at any cost, his lost Lenore.
David Winkler is a teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada.