The self proclaimed "Gang" of Lafeyette square live in their own little world, especially the main character, the youngest and most naive of the wicked little bunch.
They wear black, hand me downs. Ripped jeans and holey tshirts, a cloud of smoke and an evil grimace is their style, and its all fun and games, until it all starts getting too serious. Their home lives are a wreck, each one of them living in their own personal corner of hell. Their friendships teeter on the edge of hate and jealousy, contempt and misery..with only fleeting moments of drug induced pleasure. They are deprived of their needs..neglected and even abused.
Brian establishes himself as the "leader", if not by the others as well..maybe without them even knowing. He is a egotistical maniac, with more problems than an algebra lesson. He curses, spits, screams, and fights. His absolute idol is the infamous Adolf Hitler, and he imitates his followers with a shaved head and judgemental stance. Everyone is beneath him, especially his "brother" Jeff.
Love, for these kids, is not a want, it is a need..and they will do anything they can to achieve it...even if it means losing everything, and gaining nothing...even if it isn't real.