Marcus Messner is the only child of a butcher, and his wife possessives. Marcus was fully controlled by his mother as a child. Marcus interprets this care as a form of oppression. Therefore, on their way to Ohio where he received a scholarship to Winesburg College, where, he hopes, nobody will tell you what to do. But fails to adapt: teammate room is not to his liking, is obliged to go to Chapel 10 times a day even though he is a convinced atheist … slowly turns into a misfit.