Isolation and despair. Three individuals are caught in a tapestry of deceit and drug dependency. Drug use helps them escape from the pressures of reality and their inability to adjust to and confront their problems. Their deceit is necessary to rationalize their actions to themselves and explain their activities to others. John's war experiences still haunt him but not any more so than his failed marriages and the children he so desperately longs to see again. Jack loves his father but can't escape the specter of his crippling injuries to find a life of his own. Larry just wants to impress his peers and enjoy life, but his means don't tend to accomplish those ends. Perhaps John, the older man with the much more tangible problems, is in a position to see more clearly how his drug dependency and deceit has destroyed what was most precious in his life. Perhaps John can find a way out of the morass that his life has sunk into. Perhaps his efforts can help the men a generation younger than himself find their way.