Growing up, Edward Caspian believed he would one day write the great American novel for his generation. As a youth he was exceptionally intelligent, always feeling ahead of his peers both intellectually and emotionally. Edward feels that his generation has not yet been accurately represented in literature and constantly struggles with the ideas of legacy, happiness and the importance of success as he sees his friends find careers and start families. When his best friend and successful musician Giles Green tells Edward he is terminally ill, Edward sets out on a journey through his own past, not only to conjure nostalgia of his friend and their paths in order to cope but to redirect where he thought his life would be by age 29. He falls back on a strange and long dormant addiction of attending strangers’ funerals, an experiment once indulged in during his college years as a way to observe grief and human behavior at its most taut and extreme moments. Journal entries and stream of consciousness flows from Edward chaotically and without reason as he grits his teeth to survive his secret writer’s block and the return of an old crush. His inner dialogue is brilliant, convincing and beautiful, but he cannot see his own talent, and instead cultivates his delusion that he will pen his generation’s next great work. Inspiration is all around him yet he is so wrapped up in his singular obsession that nothing substantial is ever written. As the clock ticks down for Giles, Edward must come to terms with his friend’s legacy and examine what his own is still capable of achieving.