The Nature of a Man is a reflective perspective of Alicia Forrester, a woman who is desperately seeking the love she lost as a child.
Despite her magnificent beauty, despite her success, Alicia Forrester’s view of the woman in the mirror is one of disappointment, darkness, and despair. Her lack of self-love and her efforts to find it through the heart of a man leads her down the dark path of promiscuity, betrayal, and murder. She spends a lifetime battling the temptation of suicide. One day, the temptation becomes too great and she decides it is better to die in shame than to live in pain.
She is found by her friends, characters from The Office Girls and The Nature of a Woman, and they rescue her from herself. Still unable to battle her demons, she makes several other suicidal attempts until she unwillingly confronts the source of pain that has haunted her throughout her life: her father. On his deathbed, he gives her the love she has sought and at that moment, the nature of a man is revealed. It is not from the reception from her father’s love, nor her husband’s love—it is through the acceptance of love for herself.
Sylvester Stephens is an author and playwright who performs motivational speaking engagements to motivate youths and encourage literary awareness. His books include Butterfly, Our Time Has Come, The Nature of a Man, The Nature of a Woman, and The Office Girls. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.