Fifteen-year-old Romeo’s life falls apart when his mother leaves and doesn’t come back. Mute and scared, he’s soon homeless and barely surviving on the streets, left defenseless by his silence. When the worst happens, he’s caught by a gang of kids for a beating… until an unexpected hero appears to rescue him and vows to protect for him.
Although Julian is just a bit older, he has already lived through a lifetime of horror—he ran away from an abusive home and now prostitutes himself to make his way. Taking care of Romeo gives Julian new purpose, hope, and a reason to be strong and leave addiction behind him. But even Romeo may not be enough support as their daily struggle slowly destroys him.
Their near-hopeless wish is to escape the streets and stay together, no matter the cost. But the oppressive darkness of their world threatens to tear them apart, and Romeo becomes the one who must find the fortitude within himself to keep their love story from ending like a Shakespearean tragedy.
2015 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist
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