Anthony Hayward is a veteran who has just come home from war, only to re-enter a world where he can't seem to find any peace. Hard drinking, pent-up and on the outs with his wife, Anthony seems to have reached the end of his very frayed rope. Yet even as he spirals out of control, he can't refuse a sudden call for help from his ten year-old neighbor, Wade, whose tough situation with a troubled mom and whose scruffy attitude cut to the bone with Anthony. When Wade's mother suddenly O.D.'s, Anthony is left with a major moral dilemma. He can't just walk away, so he illegally takes Wade - to the dismay of the boy's embattled social worker-- and sets out on a fool's quest to help him find his long-lost father, who might not even exist. Yet, even as Anthony thinks he has found a new warrior's mission to protect Wade from a harsh world, it is Wade who begins to strip Anthony's defenses away. Bit by bit, Anthony is exposed for the man he once hoped to be as he starts coming to grips with both the costs of war and the power of human connection.