Henry's friend is discovered murdered and he defends the man accused of the crime. Meanwhile, Josh's health continues to worsen.
This is an overall depressing book, as Henry ruminates over the life of his murdered friend, Chris, and all the lies Chris told himself and others in order to achieve the "good life". Simultaneous to this is Henry watching Josh slowly lose the fight against AIDS. But as sad as all this is, there's something endearing to me on Henry's insistence that Zach is innocent of the crime he's accused. Henry maybe worn down by life, but when he believes he's found something good, he holds onto it.