This book is about a young man, Chris Gardner. He is from the slums and comes from a poor family and lives in poverty. In his childhood he is surrounded by abusive drunks. He is even raped later on in life. He moves when he is able and joins the Navy. He is married and happy with his wife, Shelly. He is working at a medical office, training others. He has recently decided he doesn't want to be a doctor.