In the city of Houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America - the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He works at his family's restaurant, weathers his brother's blows, resents his older sister's absence. And discovers he likes boys. Around him, others live and thrive and die in Houston's neighborhoods: a young woman whose affair detonates across an apartment complex, a ragtag baseball team, young hustlers, hurricane survivors, a drug dealer who takes a Guatemalan teen under his wing, a reluctant chupacabra. Washington's brilliant, viscerally drawn world vibrates with energy, wit, and the infinite longing of people searching for home.