It’s 2003, Bryan Meigs is twenty-six years old, and his life has stalled out in Memphis, Tennessee. He is single, tormented by his OCD, and stuck in a crappy job. During a chance encounter at work, Bryan meets Adam, who gives him his phone number. Bryan ignores his instincts, calls the number, and asks Adam out on a date. Although he is hoping for an escape from the rut of lonely hangovers, Bryan’s morning-after arrives with bloody sheets, a black eye, no memory of last night, and no signs of a used condom.

Wherever Bryan turns for help, his few friends either downplay his concerns or question his version of events. These and other betrayals drive him to track Adam down and make him admit what he did. During his search, Bryan will navigate parts of Memphis that most tourists never see—a world of gay clubs, late-night dives, and cruising spots—all set during a time when homophobia and the fear of contracting HIV were more rampant.

Throughout And the Train Kept Moving, Bryan will reckon with brutal facts about his present and his past. These revelations will ultimately force him to choose which truths he can live with and those he can’t.