Sam was born 1 January 1997 to a mother who had graduated from Chelmsford High School two years earlier while pregnant with Sam’s sister. Sam’s mother named him after her high school classmate Lauren's younger brother, who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident during their senior year. The mother’s story is chronicled in “Those Little Bastards,” the title story of the collection Those Little Bastards.
Later in life, Sam becomes the star of two additional stories in Those Little Bastards. One, called simply “Sam,” tells the story of the lad‘s infatuation with a redheaded girl who sits in front of him in literature class. The second, called “Revelation,” chronicles a ridiculous act of bravery on Sam’s part, an act so life-changing for Emily Henderson that she decides to travel through time and break the world.