| Set in Mount Vernon, New York, in the 1920s and 1930s, this is the story of two brothers--both bright and handsome--Speed and the narrator. Of the two, Speed is brighter, more handsome, a better athlete, and a more generous human being. Unfortunately, Speed has a terrible stutter that negates his value in the eyes of many. Speed finds salvation of sorts in his dream of owning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. While the narrator loves Speed, he is also jealous of him. He senses that if Speed talked normally, he--the narrator--would be seen as the lesser of the two. After Speed disappears, the narrator spends decades missing him and searching for him.