In the book, Alex talks about his backstory and how he would steal from kids on the playground. This eventually led to Alex robbing houses with his best friend. later in the book he realizes that this is a bad thing, but he cant change it now because he is in The Furnace
Alex and his best friend are going to rob a house that they know are gone. They both know that if they get caught they they will go to juvie
Whilst robbing the house Alex hears his best friend scream from the basement. He comes down to find two huge men with black eyes, and black suits that eventually kills his best friend.
After getting blamed for the murder of his best friend, Alex is sent to The Furnace, an underground prison, where his life is always on the line. He's just going through the motions, when one day he was walking to his job when he felt a huge gust of wind hit him from a closed off , caved in tunnel. The breeze filled him with tons of hope of the possibly escaping
After Exploring the caved in tunnel. Alex finds a crack in the floor that's too small to fit through. As they are figuring out a way to get through they blow up a rubber glove full of gas and they light it on fire and it explodes. they start to collect them and put them into the crak
Alex and his friends eventually light the gloves and the crack explodes and they drop through to the river below and escape.