Julian is a combat veteran who has returned home with a heroin addiction he acquired while serving in the armed forces. The monkey on his back has taken over his life. He drives away the woman who loves him when he asks her to commit repugnant acts in support of his habit. He observes the tragic, destructive toll that drugs take on his best friend Mickey, a college professor. Julian, desperate to save his own life and win back the heart of his beloved Louise, is determined to kick his habit. There is now only one person to whom he can now turn for help. In an ironic twist, it is his supplier, Tutu. To maintain his sanity while he tries to come off heroin, Julian occupies himself with an attempt to write his memoirs (hence the title of the play).