A high security Virginia juvenile detention centre is the scene of a savage killing. Twelve-year-old Natan Bailey is accused of murder and branded a cop-killer; orphaned, alone and with nowhere to turn for help, he becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt. To stay alive Nathan can count only on himself and his honesty proves a formidable weapon as he endears himself to The Bitch, a national radio talk show host. Condemned by police, politicians and Middle America, Nathan begins to plead his case to a rapt nation. But 'justice' will not be denied, and as an army of police and a doged contract killer draw ever closer, Nathan will be shuttled over the brink of his innocence to the very limits of his endurance.