Brian and Lanny are back from their European adventure and settle into an apartment of their own. Marco leaves for his own adventure to exhibit his art in London and Paris, leaving Marty and the twins Samuel and Benjamin to fend for themselves.
This introduces Jake, the narrator of Moorpark Palms, a funny book of stories about a small Los Angeles apartment building in the 1990s. Jake & Conor is a light little romance, once intertwined with the longer book. I broke it out because it distracted from the apartment stories.
What is the nature of love and how do we feel about it? Elliott is struggling because he likes a girl, needs her, but he doesn't really love her, not like he loved Claire. Claire was the love of his life. He bumps into another soul who is hurting from the same kind of condition. In the end, the emotions become lyrical and we see how the creative process is sometimes a healing one. Let's see if we can find the Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.
Ian Randolph carries a lot of baggage and isn't the nicest man around. Then all of a sudden the boy with the bluest eyes storms into his life and throws his world off balance. Ian slowly learns to love and Micheal learns that love in real life is much more difficult, cruel, and deceiving, than in his books. Can they dodge all the curve balls that are thrown at them and carve out the relationship they both want?
Ray Smith is living a double life. One is conventional and safe and the other is...well, not as mainstream. He misses his lover and that gets him into a pickle. Who exactly is mining for the iron pyrite? Ray or the others?