Every generation of young people has felt uncertainty and anxiety towards the future due to the troubled realities of their own time.
Mark finds himself cynical and lost in the circulatory system of contemporary America. Even though Mark despises pop-culture, he is still immersed in it. He feels that he is a living anachronism. He is a person who prefers unique and meaningful experiences and friendships over the financial allure of a professional career, especially when living in a country with a failing economy and political incompetence from all directions, Left and Right. Dropping out of a stereotypical and overpriced liberal arts college after an effortless three semesters, he fumbles around between Chicago and Madison, working coffee shops while pondering on which is the lesser of two evils; attending school full-time or working full-time. Mark passes the time by drinking with friends downtown and exhausting himself in the common nightlife of twenty-something year olds, attending political protests, meeting new people and revisiting old friends and brooding over the absence of a meaningful direction on the personal and national road ahead. It takes several existentially-crushing events dealing with the self, friends, family and CNN headlines to help Mark realize what it is that he is supposed to do in order to truly feel that life is being lived properly and significantly.