Back in hardscrabble Winship, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s, Billy Mogavero was everything his best friend Timmy wanted to be--tough, sexy, graceful, a leader of young men. Twenty years later, Billy is a paint salesman still living with his parents, and Timmy an upstanding, if bored, suburbanite. When Timmy and his old friends help him score a job in mall development, Billy's charm catapults him into middle class respectability, and a good marriage. But one night, outside a housing project in South Boston, Billy and his pregnant wife are the victims of a drive-by shooting, which only Billy survives. And when a disturbing piece of evidence in the shooting turns up at Timmy's door, he is drawn into a series of events that threaten his own suburban existence--a risk that is both terrifying and seductive.