This is Johnathan Shrieve, our main character, 20 years before the action of the story.
He graduated summa cum laude at Princeton, and was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. That is, before darkness entered his life and he was incarcerated for a crime he swore he did not commit.
Prison. For a man like Johnathan, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, it was hell on Earth. Immediately made subservient to a large Latino man named Raul, he was certain he would never come out of it alive. Enter his best friend, Patrick Swayze. In their companionship, they found solace. They swore they would survive, get out, and start up their own business.
Twenty years later. Johnathan and Patrick are living under a bridge, no money to their name and no loving in their souls.
They have turned yet again to a life of crime.
In the local grocery store is a commodity that they must procure at all costs.