Paul is an interesting and unusual young man. He is able to see people inside out. This means that he sees personality first and then external appearances. Paul's eyes see light shimmering off good people or shadows lurking in not so good people. His circle of friends and his mother are unaware of this ability he has. But he is not alone in this. He has an unseen friend; a friend who leads and guides his thoughts as he goes through his life experiences.
Paul also has a romantic interest. The girl he is falling for, you could only fall for if you did see people inside out. She is absolutely beautiful, on the inside!
He knows he is not like other people. He knows that he always feels out of place or that something is just not right. The trouble is he can't put his finger on just what that something really is.
The biggest burden and challenge in his life is struggling with the fact that his mother does not speak. He knows that she can speak because that was the last thing his father told him before he left. She just chooses not to. What Paul doesn't know is that there was another child; a brother who died before he was born.
His best friend Johnny's brother is in jail for a crime he didn't commit. And as if that is not bad enough, he has also managed to get his girlfriend pregnant.