In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend perish from AIDS. He befriended Ryan White, an Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan s inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations. His own life was a mess; and he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. The Elton John AIDS Foundation has donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide. This is Elton s personal account of his life during the epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys his joy and hope and pain and his infinite determination to eliminate AIDS.