David Skibbins only thinks he is happy. Sure he has a strong, beautiful wife, a magnificent daughter, and two lively, engaging parents. Sure, he loves his work as a life coach. Sure, he lives on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and runs his Portuguese Water Dog, Diva every morning along a long, almost deserted beach. David also puffs up his ego by serving as a volunteer librarian at The Sea Ranch Library.
But he is actually in a state of total denial about his addiction. He is a writer-holic and his life has become obsessed. He sneaks off when everyone is asleep to indulge in his anti-social behavior. He retreats to a fantasy world where he acts as a vengeful God and brings plague after plague into the life of his poor, undeserving protagonist, Warren Ritter. With his delusions of grandeur, schizoid retreat from reality, and his carpal tunnel syndrome from two-fingered typing, he is one sick puppy.