By Paz Ellis
Meet Finnegan MacManus, or just “Finn” as he prefers to be called. His life began when he was 18 years old. He was born 18 years earlier, but he had never truly lived. Since birth he had been different and his parents were indifferent toward him. His mother never bonded with her infant son. He never cried or smiled. The world was a series of confusing sounds, uncomfortable situations, unbearable textures and complete chaos until Dr. Vincenzo.
Finn's parents could never understand their son. His father could barely stand the sight of his son and as a young boy he was sent to hospitals and group homes for the mentally disabled. He spent his childhood between strangers and a house of strangers. His mother could not bond with her strange child. In the midst of a panic attack Finn runs into a diner where he will meet a man that will change his life forever. Finn had gone from institutions and his dysfunctional family home to a homeless shelter, but that would soon be his past as he begins to build a life, step by step, one day at a time. He learns that he is not mentally disabled and fights for a ‘normal’ life. While he cannot change who he is, he finds people that are willing to make his world easier as he slowly adapts to the world around him. He learns that he is autistic but quite gifted. Finn’s life is rapidly changing and his talents are intriguing to intelligence agencies that begin to seek him out. But Finn resists pressure and opts to stick with choices that make him comfortable and he continues to surround himself with people that care for him and have given him a chance at a real life.
Once armed with the knowledge of a diagnosis of mild autism and the support a new family and friends, Finn begins to take his place amongst society and win the hearts of those who know him.