Mickey Prada is, in a manner of speaking, a lost soul. He spends his days working in a fish Market in Brooklyn. He longs to begin college and, over the years, has saved a couple of thousand dollars which he has carefully guarded. Mickey is pretty much a lonely guy. He lives with his father, a man in his seventies and suffering from dimentia. His mother was killed years ago in a tragic accident. Because he tries to be honest he's ridiculed by those he thinks are his friends. His naievity lead him in an unfortunate direction and he loses his money, girlfriend, father and job and is embroiled in small crimes and then more serious crimes including armed robbery and murder. The story's ending leaves one with an unsettled feeling.