New contemporary fiction, American Dream is a portrait of an atypical New York family. The vel explores ties between emotional illness and the healing power of art. A young artist with depression faces eviction from his city apartment, unable to afford rent or mental health care. He suddenly finds himself in line to inherit the family castle. But can he claim it? Illustrating his first animation film, the artist struggles to pull his life back together and reconnect with his son. The artist's older sister schemes to exclude him from inheritance because of his mental state. His creative spirit defies ownership and redefines an American dream.