Madmen are not born mad. They are driven mad. Terrible events corrupt them and lead their minds into alternate realities, alternate worlds. The Corruption of Zachary R. is about such a man. Raised by a neurotic mother tortured by vicious nightmares, and an emotionally distant, chess-obsessed father, Zachary R. sets off on his own after high school. He meets a girl in his apartment building and has a daughter with her. Forced to contend with betrayal and the mounting tragedies in his life, and compelled to accept his failed dreams, single parenthood, and a mundane job, Zachary R. succumbs to insanity. His daughter is left alone. What does her future hold? What will become of her father?