(W/A/CA) Lance Hansen. by Lance Hansen A recipient of the 2005 Xeric Grant! Don't Cry is about two brothers, Francis and Nicky. The story follows Francis throughout the year as he experiences and explores many formative events. He falls in love, encounters violence and death, and discovers sex. It is his relationship with Nicky that is the focus of the book as he comes to terms with his role as older brother to the troubled boy.