John Hidell departs military prison with a broken heart and a dishonorable discharge. As he attempts to rebuild his life, documentary-style interviews with his mother and acquaintances describe a lifetime of abuse. Unemployed, he boards a bus to New York with no intention of returning. His only possession – a backpack brimming with homemade explosives.
Interviews with FBI agents and Army specialists interweave with Hidell’s preparations for his suicide bombing. Oblivious to the surveillance around him, Hidell tours the city, meets a girl and tries to enjoy his last week on earth.
However, his one-night stand, Amy, becomes something more. His infatuation with her and New York grows. He hopes for a future. A hope that shatters when his co-conspirators and the FBI come hunting for him.
With time and options running out, he must choose between a life behind bars or a death in the history books.