A place of no mercy, no coddling, and no emotion, the streets of New York don’t waver in their inability to care for anyone. In order to survive, you have to take the lessons that are given to you by them and use them to your advantage. After being orphaned not once, but twice, raised by nuns, foster parents, and tossed between the homes of his grandmother and father, Jim River Learned how to survive and thrive after being tossed aside. His experiences lead him to where he is now and helped give him wisdom that can only be gained from the University of the streets. Based on the life of Jim River, experiences from his childhood, adolescence, and a once in a lifetime road trip down Route 66 are recounted in order to teach the one kind of lesson that can never be learned in the classroom... how to be street smart.