Tommy Belanger had been born into a dysfunctional family - fed by alcohol abuse, abject poverty and the trials and tribulations associated with living in isolation. His was a life filled with child abuse, incest, bestiality and zoophilia. Tommy hated how those things affected him and his siblings. And he detested his father. He watched his brothers and sisters leave the farm, one by one, and knew that their lives would not be far different from the ones that they had left behind. He knew that he too would leave one day and wondered how far the apple could fall from the proverbial tree.