There are a few key points throughout the story that help to either foreshadow what is to come later or to move the plot forward. At these points, readers might feel a sense of heightened tension and wonder what will happen next. Other than getting to know Max and Kevin as individuals who struggle alone in the world, a major point in each of their lives is when they learn to work together. Kevin's brains and Max's phisique are what each bring to the table to help the other have an easier time getting through life. Once that friendship and partnership is solidified, then each must face his inevitable fate; that is, Max must meet his convict father eventually and Kevin must face death. Max's dad is spoken about throughout the story, especially when the boys bump into old friends of his. That moves the plot further. When Kevin has to visit the doctor more and more, that moves his plot closer to his end, too.