In this sequel to The Origins of Disgust, Self-Hatred, and Hostility, Mike Hollister is on a quest to abandon all that makes him feel anything through a sobriety crushing marathon of alcohol and heroin indulgence. After years of living in the canyons of downtown, Mike reunites with his surrogate family and leaves the needle and spoon behind. One by one, the people he loves disappear from his life due to drugs and crime. Alone Mike tries to find his way in the working world and experiences corruption on a grand scale. Disenchanted and isolated, Mike takes to the bottle and slips into madness with two goals; vengeance and self destruction.