Rusty-James certainly thinks of his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, as a hero, but I find him more of an anti-hero. The Motorcycle Boy has few redeeming qualities for a person with such introspective and, possibly, intelligence. He steals the bikes he rides (he refuses to actually own one of his own), and he comes and goes when he pleases. He disdains the laws of society and prefers the life of a loner. The Motorcycle Boy pops up now and then to give Rusty-James advice, but never sticks around long enough to guide his younger brother through the difficult times he makes for himself. In the end, he dies an unnecessary and pointless death, making off with the stolen fish in the hope of giving them their freedom in the river. His death leaves Rusty-James alone once again.