College student Joe Talbert gets the modest goal of completing a writing assignment to have an English class. His task is usually to interview a stranger and write a shorter biography of the individual. With deadlines looming, Joe heads with a nearby elderly care facility to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and very nothing in Joe’s every day life is ever exactly the same.
Carl can be a dying Vietnam veteran–as well as a convicted murderer. With just a few months to reside, he’s got been medically paroled into a nursing home, we have spent thirty years in prison for that crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism from the soldier while using despicable acts with the convict. Joe, in reference to his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the facts, but they are hamstrung in their efforts insurance firms to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, as well as a haunting childhood memory.
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But while he and Lila dig deeper in the circumstances from the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the simple truth before it’s too far gone to escape the fallout?