Amid the natural innocence of the South Florida Everglades and the corrupting, hellish urban realities of Miami, two adolescent boys embark on a journey of discovery. They follow an age-old Truth: no journey into the world is ever meaningful without an equivalent journey of discovery into the self. And so, as they set about to explore today's world, they inevitably learn about themselves.
The two boys, Brandon and Ryan, can represent almost any teenager today. Harboring a love for the Everglades, a curiosity about a bustling world, both displaying conventional and alienated personalities, they have already been marred by the world's ugliness and malice. Nevertheless, they seem to be searching for something which defies clear definition in their own vocabulary. Whatever it is, it is describable by "beauty", "innocence", "honesty", "truth", and "peace".
Like a classical symphony, the story unfolds harmoniously on many levels: the two boys from Eden exploring the modern-day Sodom, the ambivalence and uncertainty of contemporary adulthood, and the vulnerability of the innocent to the predation of the perverted and unnatural.
Above all, the underlying theme addresses an ancient human trauma: the expulsion of mankind from its primordial Garden of Eden. The true quest besetting the two boys thus expresses a universal yearning to "return home to Eden" -- mankind's true abode.
Many a literary work has concluded that what was done cannot be undone, and the expulsion from Eden is final and permanent. Curiously, Carballo suggests a more hopeful possibility: although mankind has been banished from Eden, Eden has never been banished from mankind.