Then his lawyer delivers the news: Robert is responsible for an accident that has killed a young mother and orphaned her young son, John.
Robert is quickly yanked from his life of privilege and sent to prison to atone for his crimes. Defiant at first, Robert believes he's better than his fellow inmates and that unlike them, he has no room for improvement.
But, as the months wear on, Robert's fellow inmates push him to confront his actions and the choices that brought him to prison.
Meanwhile, as John grows up under the care of his maternal grandmother, he must come to terms with losing his mother and decide whether he can forgive the man who destroyed his childhood.
Spanning three generations, Raising John tells the story of John's bittersweet childhood, the history of the mother he never knew, and of Robert's collapse and redemption.