Snit Mandolin just wants to go home. After two years in a welfare residence for boys, where he literally had to fight for survival, Snit is eager to return to the family farm in Saskatchewan. When Snit is unable to cultivate his family's rock-strewn fields, he turns to fellow outcast Johnny Swift's bootlegging operation to help get the farm back into working order. However, the local cop Roy Kane is looking for the person who is brewing the moonshine, and all he needs is one more reason to send Snit back to the home. Already on the run from a community, Snit and Johnny take drastic steps to escape the foothills.