Sam makes a not-so-triumphant return to the Hilton, where an old nemesis rears its ugly head.
As his taxi dies on McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn, Sam recalls an orange naugahyde sofa, a pay-phone, and a river of chicken blood.
The perilous clutches of 31st Street interfere with Sam’s burgeoning confidence in himself as his first day of taxi driving draws to a close.
Sam meets the mysterious Man in the White Van, who rents him a beat-up taxi, which he uses for his first fare, which nearly destroys him.
A complex set of circumstances results in Sam awakening at 4:30am on a frigid January morning for his first day as a New York City cab driver.