Michael Hollister killed his father eighty-eight times to avenge the dark acts visited upon him.
When he was sent to Hartfield Academy, he adopted an entirely new family, including a brother, Max. Almost forty years after he arrived at the academy, Michael and Max still live their quiet life where they shape boys into men and men into soldiers.
A trip to the war memorials in Washington D.C. turns out to be too much for Max and he begins to fade. Max has always depended on Michael for everything, but in the end, who is really depending on who?