Leo Lozeau is a French-Canadian pre-teen living with his family in a working class inner city neighborhood of MontrÃ©al. In Leo's mind, his family is not just eccentric - they're crazy. His sister Rita is indeed institutionalized. A turkey and a rat live in the family bathtub (the turkey invited, the rat not). His parents are obsessed with everyone in the family having regular bowel movements, even to the point of feeding them laxatives. His slightly dim older brother Fernand is obsessed with weight-lifting, all stemming from being beaten up by a local bully when he was younger. And his grandfather, Albert, once tried to drown him. But Leo doesn't see himself as being crazy like the rest. Beyond thinking about girls - most specifically their neighbor Bianca, who preoccupies her time in her own unusual way - Leo does whatever he can to make sense of his life. These activities include reading the book "L'avalÃ©e des avalÃ©s" by RÃ©jean Ducharme and believing that he was conceived by errant sperm on a tomato shipped from Italy, hence why he wants to be known as LÃ©olo Lozone.