A celebrated author of children’s books flies into a rage after dinner on night and beats his illustrator-wife almost to death. In the aftermath, he and others in his life explain how he came to this point. There is plenty of tragedy to go around starting with his father and continuing through Oliver. As the important people in his life share what they know about him, with Oliver filling in some of the events that scarred him, a portrait of a sad and depressing childhood and a life changing summer in France knit the strands of his life together. A look into how a psychopath might become that way.