Beck comes into Joe's bookstore and he is instantly taken by her. He wonders what type of person she is. He helps her find a book by an author he also likes, and they joke about the other clientele and people in general. Joe takes it himself to use the information from the credit card she used to purchase the book to stalk her social media and find out everything there is to know about her. Joe is taken with his neighbor's kid. Paco. The kid likes reading the books Joe gives him and Joe tries to distract him from the fighting that his mother and his mother's boyfriend are doing in the house. Joe finds out Beck's address and watches her from afar. He discovers that she has an ex who he didn't know about and watches as the two have sex. He doesn't like the ex Benji. Beck is hit on by her professor and her poetry is critiqued. She goes out to meet her friends at a pub and recite some of her poetry. She gets nervous and doesn't finish. She's drunk waiting on the subway when she falls onto the tracks. Joe saves her and takes her home. They bond in the cab and almost kiss but Benji interrupts them. Paco is upset because his mom's boyfriend tears uo the first edition book Joe gave him. Joe takes him back to the bookstore and into the basement to show him how he repairs books. Ron, the boyfriend and a drunken correctional officer confronts Joe about getting too close to Paco and he lets him know he thinks something is off about him.. Beck's friend Peach seems into Beck. Joe arranges to sneak into Becks apartment and find out more information about her. He is successful and nearly is caught by her. Joe pretends to be a buyer interested in Benji's beverages. When Benjo goes to meet him, Joe lures him into the basement and hits him over the head with a mallet.