Brother Eli is a mountain of a man, bald of his free will, in the thrall of a gargantuan appetite. His robe is stained, his classes are demanding, his attitude cynical, and his breath sour. He smokes, drinks, fights against the forces of darkness-parents and school administrators. He does not lack for opponents in the Church, his family, the student body, or his order-the Most Holy Family. Now, even that war in Vietnam is coming close to home and school.