This is a story about how a goal can take over someone's life and what happens next.
What I like most about the story is that it shows the imperfections, say, the fertilizer beneath the smell of roses. In Justin's case, the drive to reach a goal, but also what it does to everything else (health, relationships, etc.). As for Luc, his love for Justin is still there, but, with Justin being gone so much, there is a small temptation (though it does not go far).
You get to see the toll that illness takes on both individuals and what it takes to make it work.
Life has been good for Justin Nelson. With a big bowl game mere weeks away, the pressure is on. For some men, being stretched in two different directions might become too much, but not for Justin, he thrives on it. Trying to balance life with his long-time partner, Luc, and his duty to the team gives Justin a rush like no other.
Luc Henley hates seeing the love of his life push himself. Every football season it seems to get worse as he watches Justin burn the candle at both ends. When he notices warning signs of a potential health problem, Luc begs Justin to slow down enough to see a doctor.
After he ignores his lover's pleas, Justin is suddenly faced with a life-changing illness, and when he gives up, it's up to Luc, Justin's friends and players to pull him back from the brink of despair.