Nick Flynn je fant, ki še ni našel svojega mesta na tem svetu, a upa, da bo nekoč pisatelj. Ko sprejme delo v zavetišču za brezdomce v Bostonu, se nenadoma pojavi njegov oče Jonathan, ki ravno tako hitro tudi zopet izgine. Čez nekaj mesecev zopet obišče zatočišče, saj potrebuje streho nad glavo in želi bivati tam. To zelo zmede Nicka, ki ga moti tudi Jonathanovo napadalno vedenje. Nickovi spomini na mamo, njegova nova čustva do sodelavke in njegovi notranji boji stvari še poslabšajo.
Nick Flynn, in his 20s, hasn't found his place in the world yet, but hopes to be a writer. Around the time he takes a job at a homeless shelter in Boston, his father, Jonathan, who considers himself a great writer and who hasn't see Nick in years, abruptly makes fleeting contact. A few months later, the down-and-out Jonathan shows up at Nick's shelter and becomes a resident. This disorients Nick; he doesn't handle it well, compounded by Jonathan's belligerent behavior. Nick's memories of his mother, his budding relationship with a co-worker, and his own demons make things worse. Can anything improve? Is he his father's son?