Brent attempted suicide by lighting himself on fire in his favorite black bathrobe in his home.
The rest of the book tells the tale of his survival, and his personal struggles including therapy (both mental and physical) and getting his life back in order.
This book continued to be my favorite book years after I have read it. Ihave read dozens of great books have since then, but I continue to name The Burn Journals as my favorite.
PS- When I was reading, I could not put it down.