"When I was a kid, the courts took me away from my parents---they were bikers---and put me in a home, but I ran away when I was 12 because the people at the home beat me. I didn't go to school anymore after that. I've been on my own ever since, living on the street and hustling up jobs to get by. Things like yard work and tree work. I've worked every day this week. You got to be careful out here. There are some dangerous street people, but I know how to keep myself safe. If it's cold out, I get to the warmest place I can find. I'll live in a cardboard condominium---a box---if it's really cold. It's not that bad though. I was in Colorado for a while, and that was a lot worse." "I see you have a book here." "Yeah, I read a lot. This one is called Land of the Lost Souls. It's real stuff."