I’m a PhD student at UC Berkeley, so I know a lot about dreams. It takes sticking to your dream to make it through six or seven years of college and grad school, especially in my field of microbiology.
As a kid I wanted to be a doctor. I probably wanted to be Doogie Howser, but maybe not start practicing medicine that young. It’s tough to get laid if you haven’t hit puberty yet. As soon as I could take life science or biology classes I signed for everything I could during junior high and high school. One year I did a science fair project about vaccines, and then my dream changed.
And wouldn’t you know, that’s when the trouble really started.
Jeremy Linden’s a PhD student researching an HIV vaccine. He’s always short of money, and when biotech startup PharmaTek reduces funding for his fellowship, he’s tempted to take a job at a men’s dining club as a serving boy. The uniforms are skimpy, and he’s expected to remove an item of clothing after each course. He can handle that, but he soon discovers there’s more on the menu here than fine cuisine. How far will he go to pay his tuition, and will money get in the way when he realizes he’s interested in more from one of his gentlemen?