To be a killer is to be killed everyday. Another thrust of the knife, another part of the soul withers. It is a soothing drug that slowly sucks the life from you. For Pierce, it is the only way to come to terms with his past, his only way to escape the nightmares. It is his own way of dealing with the deep sense of despair and distrust that fills his being. Through his decisions, Pierce becomes entangled in the plots of many others around him. As Pierce struggles to decide the best course of action to take, the very beliefs of civilization are shaken to the core.