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A man who was one of the more unfortunate passengers on the RMS Titanic has been famously quoted as saying, "When You Got Nothing, You Got Nothing To Lose." These words certainly apply to the life of one Jonathan Kane. His mother, cast out and abandoned by her parents for the worst of reasons, raised him alone in the rural town of Goshen, OH, with virtually no assistance other than what Jonathan himself provided once he was old enough to earn some extra money. Wanting to make a better life for himself, but more importantly, repay his mother for giving everything of herself for him, he hesitantly takes advantage of a family connection and lands a job in the mailroom at Spurgeon Capital in Chicago.
Starting at this lowest possible rung, and despite his humble beginnings, he hopes to start a self-directed climb to success and fortune. Life in Chicago is far different than in Ohio's farmland, especially when you're dealing with people with more money than you could ever have imagined on a daily basis. Learning to navigate this new world is vital to his future success. He soon finds out that in this world, sex is currency as well, and finds he's been endowed with a fortune that is highly sought after by both plebeians and socialites alike.
More important than financial success to Jonathan though is maintaining his integrity. How do you maintain your personal integrity and loyalties to those you care for in the face of unbelievable temptations? Is it even possible, or will Jonathan's principles be compromised as much as the ones of those whose fortunes he seeks to match? The only way to truly find the answer is to keep climbing up.