In L.A., Derik discovers the unveil city lifestyle along with its dark underside. When a hustler seduces Derik, he gets fleeced. But when the pimp blows their cover, Derik desperately searches seeking his wallet, finds it, and escapes their entanglement. He jumps onto a subway, and discovers that the hustler spared him his currency: he remembers the peppery kiss. Derik returns home with a clearer understanding of his own feelings and the self-courage of a stronger individual.